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‘Important, timely read’ — Rahul Gandhi on new book that says China will defeat India in 10 days

Titled ‘The Last War: How AI Will Shape India’s Final Showdown with China’, the book is written by former Army officer Pravin Sawhney. It is set to be released on 10 August.

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New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has endorsed a new book that says China can defeat India in 10 days in case of a conflict, and capture Arunachal Pradesh as well as Ladakh.

The book titled ‘The Last War: How AI Will Shape India’s Final Showdown with China’ is written by former Army officer Pravin Sawhney. It delves into how artificial intelligence (AI) will affect India-China conflicts in the future. The book is set to be released on 10 August.

In a blurb, on the book’s cover, Gandhi has called it “an important and timely read”.

“Agree or disagree, Pravin Sawhney’s thorough and troubling analysis of the turbulent times we live in is an important and timely read,” the Congress leader wrote.

In the advent of a war between the two nations, the book says, “China could take Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh with a minimum loss of life and there is very little India could do about it. This is because the Indian military is preparing for the wrong war.”

The author also writes that China’s war with India will be “reminiscent” of the 1991 Gulf War.

“The US military’s battle networks connecting sensors to shooters and guided munitions with support from space assets had induced shock and awe in militaries worldwide. Similarly, China’s war with India will stun the world with the use of artificial intelligence, emerging technologies, multi-domain operations, imaginative war concepts, and collaboration between humans and intelligent robots. China has been preparing for this since the 2017 Doklam crisis after which it permanently augmented its troops across the Line of Actual Control.”

The author also says in the book he had a discussion with Gandhi in the context of a China-Pakistan collusion, where the latter said that the Modi government’s obsession with Pakistan has clouded their thinking.

“Since 2014, our ruling dispensation has whittled down India’s global vision to a single paranoid point — Pakistan. Our leadership’s obsession with Pakistan has clouded their thinking and strategic judgment. Consequently, our establishment is unable to understand that the line between China and Pakistan has disappeared and we are faced with a completely new enemy,” the author quotes Gandhi as saying.

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‘PM must defend the nation’

The Congress leader has frequently questioned the Modi government, especially in the context of the Chinese PLA’s transgressions into Indian territory in Ladakh.

“India’s national security and territorial integrity is non-negotiable. A timid and docile response won’t do. PM must defend the nation,” Gandhi had responded to reports of China building a bridge over Pangong Tso lake.

Gandhi has often slammed the Prime Minister for his ‘silence’ about Chinese infiltrations. “Our national security is unpardonably compromised because GOI has no strategy and Mr 56” is scared. My thoughts are with the soldiers risking their lives to guard our borders while GOI churns out lies,” Gandhi tweeted in November last year.

Book says Indian forces unprepared for AI war

The book begins with an imaginary cyber attack from China in 2024, and follows fictional conversations between the PM, the National Security Agency and other security establishments over the matter. It calls INS Vikrant “a floating city with a manpower complement of 1,600 at 40,000 ton”, adding that it would be the biggest military disaster in Indian history.

“They penetrate the human forehead at great speed and explode. They seem to have some kind of facial recognition technology. They are only hitting the humans,” a sentence in the book, explaining the gravity of AI war, reads.

In the chapter, the author also focuses on the helplessness of Indian security and military forces which are not prepared to tackle an AI war, while China has access to the most modern AI technology.

In another chapter, raising questions on surgical strike in Uri, Sawhney wrote that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had claimed several terrorists were killed in the pre-emptive air strike, even though the IAF could not offer any footage to show the damage caused.

In the same chapter, on the Doklam issue, the author claims that China came up with the Doklam plan, started a military crisis at a place where the Indian Army would feel less confident about retching up in numbers, thereby giving an excuse to the PLA to do the same.

“Why did the Indian Army rise to the PLA’s bait so aggressively and mindlessly,” the book asks.

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