The book comprises the published writings in service journals of Ali Ahmed while serving in the army. They cover the two decades on either side of the turn of the century, thereby providing a window into the army in the period. The author was an infantry officer and the articles reflect the concerns of the infantry and the wider army as the author grew in service from a subaltern to colonelcy. The articles reflect the intellectual growth of the author and engage with the issues that were salient in his time in uniform. The book is a record of the times as also serves to provide insight into India’s army. The book is complemented by his other work, From within: Reflections on India’s army (CinnamonTeal 2017), which comprises his unpublished work on the same themes. The two books would interest military buffs and the attentive public; veterans and practitioners; and students and academics in strategic and peace studies.
About the Author
Ali Ahmed is author of India’s Doctrine Puzzle: Limiting War in South Asia (Routledge 2014). He has three self-published compilations of his commentaries, articles and essays on national security and military affairs and one comprising his unpublished work. These are respectively On War in South Asia (2015), On Peace in South Asia (2015) and On India’s military: Writings from within (2017) and From Within: Reflections on India’s army (2017) (all CinnamonTeal). He blogs at ali-writings.blogspot.in. He has been variously an infantry officer, a scholar and an international civil servant. His interests include strategic and peace studies.