Though our focus is on the armed forces of independent India, their evolution obviously predates 1947 by many millennia. Organization, structures, arms and capabilities all evolved with time. More relevant to our purpose is the military tradition, its ethos, the evolutionary process itself, almost as a continuum from ancient to medieval India, then to the British period, whereafter to partition, its consequences and thence to the armed forces of an independent India.
KeywordsArmed Force Expansion Plan East India Company Aircraft Carrier Maritime Trade
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