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The India–Pakistan Sub-conventional War
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The India–Pakistan Sub-conventional War
Democracy and Peace in South Asia

  • Sanjeev Kumar H. M. - Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, India


June 2022 | 224 pages | SAGE India
The India–Pakistan Sub-conventional War: Democracy and Peace in South Asia argues that it is possible to map the functioning of democracy in South Asia by studying the role of the army in the political processes of Pakistan. In December 1988, Pakistan experienced a transition to democracy. Simultaneously, the military–intelligence complex was also able to take advantage of insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and intensify the proxy war against India. Considering such a contradictory political situation, this book studies the deepening conflictual trajectory of the India–Pakistan relations since 1989. By analyzing this period of history, it argues that, in South Asia, the process of democratic transition and intensification of the sub-conventional war have happened concurrently. The book further argues that overt nuclear weaponization and the failure of nuclear deterrence allowed the sustenance of the India–Pakistan sub-conventional war.

By examining the subcontinental security predicament involving the two nuclear-powered adversaries, the book interrogates the democratic peace thesis. It deconstructs the thesis’ arguments in the geo-strategic context of the South Asian regional security architecture.
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
Modernity and the Crisis of Democratization in South Asia
 
Political Decay and the Legitimation Crisis in South Asia
 
Nuclear Nationalisms and Quest for Ontological Security
 
Sub-conventional War and the Problematique of Liberal Peace
 
Conclusion
 
Afterword
 
Index

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