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Col. Bhaskar Sarkar Tackling Insurgency & Terrorism : Col. Bhaskar Sarkar : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170943302)
Pages: 160
Price: Rs. 175
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Published in 1998
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India has faced the problems of insurgency and terrorism ever since its independence in 1947 when a section of the Nagas demanded the right to self-determination. More than fifty years on, the country continues to be in the grip of widespread armed insurrection in Kashmir, Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland and, to a lesser extent, in Andhra Pradesh.

A unique contribution of this book is that it offers an innovative scorecard system of analysing an insurgency and predicting its outcome. The author demonstrates the efficacy of this scorecard system by applying it in the case of Punjab, Kashmir and Assam.

The second part of the book comprises a complete blueprint for mounting successful counter-insurgency and anti-terrorist campaigns, with chapters covering government policy, role of the political parties, essential principles for the successful employment of security forces, counter-insurgency concepts and operational tactics, intelligence support, population and resource control measures, security of organisations and protection of individuals targeted by the insurgents, and role of the judiciary, the press and the people.


“A handbook for counter-insurgency training . . . cogent action plan . . . the author has devised a novel scorecard method to analyse insurgencies and terrorist movements.”  —The Hindu

“A blueprint . . . the author has packed in a lot of information . . . better than anything else produced on the subject”  —Indian Review of Books

“Very informative”  —The Tribune

Col. Bhaskar Sarkar

Col. Bhaskar Sarkar, VSM, retired after twenty-eight years of distinguished service in the Indian Army. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and College of Defence Management, Secundrabad, he was decorated twice with Visisht Seva Medal in 1982 and Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card in 1986. He held a variety of appointments in command and staff, the most important ones being Brigade Major in Nagaland, the Commanding Officer of an engineer regiment in Assam when his unit lifted the oil blockage in Assam in 1980, Chief Engineer of a Border Roads Project in Rajasthan and an instructor in College of Military Engineering three times totalling a period of over seven years. He is also an outstanding and versatile sportsman, a lover of travelling and nature.

Col. Sarkar has published more than twenty papers in various service journals like Combat Journal, Sapper, Military Digest and Sainik Samachar. He is the only officer in the history of the Corps of Engineers to have twice won the Bewoor Prize Essay Competition organised by the Institution of Military Engineers in 1989 and 1990. He also won second prize in a short story competition organized by Femina in 1985. Col. Sarkar is at present heading a team of Quality Assurance Consultants working for the earthquake rehabilitation project at Latur, Maharashtra.

This is Col. Sarkar’s third book. The first, Engineer Appreciation was serialised in the Journal of the Institution of Military Engineers and was well received in the Corps of Engineers. The second book, Pakistan Seeks Revenge and God Saves India was published in 1997.

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