India Pakistan border is one of the most volatile and dangerous region in the world.Numerous Ceasefire Violations(CFV), killings of soldiers & villagers on or near the border is a common phenomenon from last many decades.Happymon Jacob's book LINE ON FIRE is one well reserached book with great insights into reasons for escalations in hostilities between two neighbours.South asian literature on this topic is traditionally focussed on rise of terrorist infiltrators as only reason for escalation which is not totally true. Well researched datas,facts ,analysis & interviews of serving and retired officers of both armies who had/have first hand information on border line has made this book worth reading. Author with this vast information and experience was able to conclude that CFV as most important reason for Indo pak escalation.Author has used information of CFV collected through News articles,TV news reports, official social media handles of govt departments, interviews & various other sources. Author has also added importance of auxiliary military factors(AMF) as one of factors in escalation between 2 countries.This book mentions about surgical strikes, information about border & its dynamics.I must give this book a 5 star rating not only because I enjoyed reading this book but also because this book would act as basis for new study on factors relating to Indo Pak escalation.
INFO ON BOOK: Name : LINE ON FIRE Language: English Author : Happymon Jacob Publisher : Oxford Date : 2019 Price : 995
This book offers a wide range of insights and practical policy suggestions. A product of high quality research, interviews and extensive field visits, this appears to be by far the only book that comprehensively approaches the issue of ceasefire violations. The book discusses some non-traditional explanations for why ceasefire violations occur and what those violations can mean for India-Pakistan escalation. This work is unparalleled. Highly recommended.