Monday, September 11, 2006

History of India's strategic programs

The story of India’s strategic programmes is not well documented. Part of the reason is that protagonists do not talk. Even if they want to, they are handicapped by the Official Secrets Act that follows signatories to the grave. Given these limitations, a few defence analysts and retired officials like me have tried to describe the projects as best as we could without compromising on national security. At the best of times, it is not an easy job. At worse, it can turn into imaginings.

From this version of the history of India's strategic initiatives by B.G. Deshmukh, a former Cabinet Secretary during Rajiv Gandhi's prime ministership, and author of A Cabinet Secretary Looks Back.