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The armed forces have played a key role in protecting India’s sovereignty and raising its stature as a stable democracy and responsible regional power. Though the nation’s soldiers, sailors and airmen occupy a special place in people’s hearts, standard narratives of contemporary Indian history rarely cover the military dimension. In his first book, India’s Wars: A Military History, 1947-1971, Arjun Subramaniam attempted to set this right by taking readers on a journey until the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. Full Spectrum: India’s Wars, 1972-2020 takes the story forward. It is a sweeping account of war and conflict in contemporary India over the past five decades. Covering every major operation that the armed forces have participated in — including insurgencies in the Northeast, terrorism and proxy wars in Jammu and Kashmir, separatist violence in Punjab, the IPKF intervention in Sri Lanka, and the continued stress along the LoC and LAC — it fuses the strategic, operational, tactical and human dimensions of war and conflict into a racy narrative that reflects their changing character in modern times.