Dr. Amarjit looks at the present environment in the region through the prism of history. The subject itself is very alluring. The author has strong independent views which he argues eloquently. Overall an engrossing book. -"Lt Gen JS Bajwa
"Hard Realities" by Dr. Amarjit Singh strategizes what future geopolitics of South Asia ‘should’ be. It covers India’s choices for dealing with Pakistan and China albeit with imponderables like: India’s CNP and will; asymmetric-conventional combo, and; global power play and interest in the region. Changes in geopolitics and borders in regions of the world are covered well. The book should be read by strategists and scholars across the board. -"Lt Gen Prakash Katoch
The author has comprehensively covered the internal and external facets of India’s security -" RSN Singh
Hard Realities presents ideology and strategies for Indian pre-eminence. Some of the interesting takeaways are:-"
Irrefutably, Pakistan’s existence is not in India’s interest. The time is ripe for dismantling Pakistan as India’s neighbor. Thus, Baluchistan, Sindh, West Punjab, and Kashmir must spin out of Pakistan in different ways, while the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) must be legitimately returned to Afghanistan. Consequently, India has no choice but to prepare its forces with a sense of urgency for the upcoming world economic disruption in the 2020s.
However, India has shortcomings, such as historical failures by the Indian leaders to strategize properly with respect to Pakistan and China; deficient investment in engineering disciplines, and failure to boost its economy timely through indigenous defense production. Mostly, India’s personality is inappreciable.
Moreover, India’s approach to China must be unambiguous that Tibet and Xinjiang are not a part of China. As such, India will not share a border with China. But, at present, China is running circles around India, and only technological development of high quality engineering talent will help India.
India has a majorly tough row to hoe as a nation. Its 2.5 to 3-front war is its own creation. Though the destiny of nations is a potent force, India must not be found wanting when it comes to singly defending its military and economic independence.
Author: Dr. Amarjit Singh