Synopsis: : Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency
Countries of the World but it has acquired immense importance during the twentieth century because of its successes against Colonial regimes. Vietnam, where a super power like USA, was forced to withdraw became a Model of War of liberation. However, insurgency techniques can also serve as a weapon to subvert and weaken a target Country without resorting to costly conventional warfare. Developing Countries are particularly susceptible to this type of insidious attacks.
Though scholars have theorised regarding generations of Civil strife, none has postulated conditions which cause emergence of insurgency. This Book is unique in that it describes the conditions in which insurgency will erupt, substantiated by an Examination of insurgencies all over the world. It is a Synthesis of theory and practice of counterinsurgency from the Pen of a scholar who has dealt with a variety of insurgencies in several parts of India.
In the light of the rapid spread of insurgency in many states in India, it is pertinent for the counterinsurgency agencies to comprehend the concept in Indian context. This book provides a scientific Insight into the understanding of the concept and process of insurgency. It annunciates principles and strategies of counter-insurgency, alongwith practical hints regarding methods and techniques. It would be of great use to planners of counterinsurgency as well as to the security Forces engaged in operations. The scholars would also find, besides the conceptual analysis, the data regarding violent change of governments in all the countries of the World of great use.
Balottam Varma, born in 1929, took his Masters Degree in Mathematics from Agra University. After joining the Indian Police Service in 1952, he served in various districts in Uttar Pradesh and later participated in the preparations for resistance in the country in the wake of the Chinese aggression in 1962. He spent more than seven years in insurgency affected areas of the North East in various capacities and was actively associated with counterinsur-gency operations.
Even after coming out of the North East, he continued to be involved in counterinsurgency operations as Deputy Inspector General of Police and later Inspector General of Police of the Central Reserve Police Force. Later he served as Director of Internal Security Academy at Mount Abu for more than seven years.
He has writen several articles on insurgency and allied subjects. He was awarded Ph.D. degree for his thesis "Insurgency, Counter-insurgency and Retrogression of Insurgency" by Rajasthan University in 1987. He is a member of various academic bodies, guest speaker and consultant to several training institutions, including Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi; Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, New Delhi; National Police Academy, Hyderabad; Administrative Training Institute, Nainital; Internal Security Academy, Mount Abu; and H.C.M. Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration, Jaipur.
1. Insurgency, Counter-insurgency and Retrogression of Insurgency (The Academic Explorations)
2. Critique of Existing Theories and Approaches
3. Towards a Unified Theory of Insurgency with the theory of Resultant Perceived Desirability
4. Typologies of Counter-insurgency operations
5. Indicators of Retrogression process
6. World Insurgencies (A Macro level testing of Hypotheses)
7. Naga Insurgency in North Eastern India (A Micro-level Study of Emergence and Retrogression of Insurgency)
8. Naxalite Movement
List of Appendix (Appendices)
1. Coup, Insurgencies, Revolutions and Civil War Situations in World History
2. Theory of Resultant Perceived Desirability