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DetailsThe author spent one and half years as head of the country's first research station in Antarctica, Dakshin Gangotri. He discusses in details the frozen continent's unique environmental aspects, the international presence, world governance and the Indian Antarctic Programme (IAP).The book throws light on how perspectives and positions of leading countries represented in Antarctica, such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, US, Russia, China, Japan, Norway, South Africa and India have shaped over the years. Their strategic interests, including those in the Arctic, provide for an interesting kaleidoscope of factors with the potential for various global scenarios in the coming years. The world will be surely and anxiously watching the developments in Antarctica in future.According to the widely accepted geological theory of plate tectonics, the Indian subcontinent was once a part of the supercontinent Gondwana, so named after one of the tribes of central India, along with Antarctica, Africa, Australia and South America. However, the general awareness about the continent in India is very poor.The book in details traces the history of India's involvement in Antarctica, its three permanent stations conducting valuable scientific research and efforts to make a presence among other nations in the continent. It points out the country's total dependence on all its logistics needs by outsourcing which may prove to be detrimental to its influence and interests. It would be interesting to see how India reacts to the positions of other nations in the changing global kaleidoscope and how it will gear itself, to establish a truly influential Antarctic presence for safeguarding its own strategic interests. India may do well to lay down a polar doctrine at the earliest.Table of contentsChapter 1: The BeginningChapter 2: Antarctic Literature Comes of Age Keeping Pace with Physical Discoveries, Scientific Developments and Technological Advances in LogisticsChapter 3: The Seventh Continent Evolves: Geological and Geographical PerspectivesChapter 4: The Antarctic Climate: A Test of EnduranceChapter 5: The Life that Clings on Ice, Abounds in the OceanChapter 6: International Presence and World Governance in AntarcticaChapter 7: Antarctic LogisticsChapter 8: The Indian Antarctic Programme (IAP), Environment and LogisticsChapter 9: The Emerging Global Picture and the Year 2041Chapter 10: India and the Antarctic Kaleidoscope (Preparing for the Future)EpilogueAppendix I: Timeline of Antarctic ExplorationAppendix II: The Complete Text of the Antarctic TreatyAppendix III: Details of the Current Status of Various Countries in the Antarctic TreatyAppendix IV: Details of Currently Occupied Scientific Research Stations in AntarcticaAppendix V: Details of Ships Used for IAP ExpeditionsAppendix VI: Details of Helicopters Used for IAP ExpeditionsAppendix VII: Details of Personnel Participated in IAP ExpeditionsABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Jagadish Khadilkar (Born 17 September, 1944) has been a keen scholar throughout his life. He has to his credit two graduations in engineering, a master's in defence studies and a doctorate in environmental studies. After a short teaching stint in an engineering college, he joined the Indian Army. A graduate from the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, and a postgraduate from the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, he has enjoyed prestigious field and staff appointments in active service, during war and insurgency. He has also completed several academic, military and professional courses in India and abroad over half a century.Dr Khadilkar led a major army expedition in the Thar Desert. Later, as a Lieutenant Colonel, he served as the leader and station commander of the Indian Antarctic Station, Dakshin Gangotri, during its dangerous and thrilling last wintering before it had to be decommissioned due to snow burial.After taking premature retirement from the army, Dr Khadilkar served in senior corporate positions in many countries for a decade and half. After he returned to India, he served with couple of educational institutions as Dean and Executive Director. Currently, settled in Pune, he travels widely, writes and speaks on a variety of subjects in the media, academic and professional fora.
SKU Code PRK B 696 Weight in Kg 0.2000 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9789386432001 Author Name Jagadish Khadilkar Publisher Name Bloomsbury Publishing