Posted On Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 09:04:09 AM
Author of Understanding National Security Siddharth Joshi laughs when you tell him his book echoes the sentiments as expressed in the iconic treatise The Art of War written by a lengedary Chinese general Sun Tzu. “I don’t think my book falls under that category,” assures Joshi.
But when you come across a quote on his book that states, “Having a sword of your own keeps the swords of others in their sheaths,” you begin to understand the gravity of this author’s work.
Joshi is an engineer and like many from his profession who have turned authors, he too could have chosen to write a pulp fiction or a romance novel. “My life was never so interesting that I could venture to write such stories,” smiles Joshi.
However, his book raises a lot of important questions that’s crucial for a nation to consider. “I have written in a simple style to reach out to the educated and the thinking segment of our society,” says Joshi.
Understanding National Security was born out genuine concern. When Joshi was studying engineering in the US, he felt the country’s citizens’ were proactively involved in politics.
He also observed the executive branch of the government of the US periodically prepares a National Security Strategy document, but he was surprised to learn that no such document is available in the Indian context, the reason why he took it upon himself to research and write this book.
“Look at the people running our country. Many of them are criminals, but we are not bothered to raise our voice against them. It’s ashame we don’t do anything about this situation,” quips Joshi.
So in his book, Joshi has delved deep into the psyche of India, its people and what must be done to elevate our country. “What’s the use of having national security in place when the people who run this nation are so corrupt,” states Joshi.
The best part about Joshi’s book is he starts by addressing issues at the grass-roots level. “I think the police force is not given their due. We expect them to solve all our problems.
However, we never think about what we can do to help them,” points out Joshi. Besides, you can also use this book for reference. Indeed, there is much you can learn by reading Understanding National Security.