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Pax Indica: India And The World In The 21st Century examines India’s record in international relations and proposes what needs to be done to formulate a constructive foreign policy for the 21st century.
Summary Of The Book
Written by a man who has been a prominent figure in the international political arena for years, this book examines India’s record in diplomatic relations, the functioning of its foreign service, and the future trends and directions.
Pax Indica: India And The World In The 21st Century looks at India’s relationship with its neighbours and with the larger world outside its immediate neighbourhood thoroughly. The book is divided into eleven chapters and begins with a chapter on Pakistan and India’s troubled relationship with this volatile neighbour. It also discusses the country’s relationship with another emerging Asian power, China.
The book also examines Afghanistan and its potential to emerge as a trade hub connecting South and Central Asia. It slowly moves outward from the subcontinent to other counties and India’s need to formulate a constructive foreign policy that would enable it to open up channels for economic growth.
Pax Indica: India And The World In The 21st Century also critically examines the Indian Foreign Service, the lack of planning and structure in the diplomatic corps and the many problems that still persist despite India’s progress in other arenas. The book argues for a reexamination of the IFS, and discusses the problem of understaffing of the Indian Diplomatic Corps.
The author explains the need for India to now move away from non-alignment to a new paradigm of multi-alignment for constructive international relations in these changing times. He stresses the importance of formulating foreign policy strategies that also take into account long term goals. He says the focus of diplomatic relations should be to eventually convert good relations into opportunities for trade, tourism and investment.
About Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor is a politician and diplomat.
His other books include India: From Midnight to the Millennium, The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India - The Emerging 21st-Century Power, and The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories.
Shashi Tharoor was born in 1956 in London, England. He graduated with a BA from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He later obtained his MA and PhD from Tufts University. He began his career in the UNHCR as a staff member. He was the Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information. In 2006, he was nominated by the Indian Government for the post of the UN Secretary General. But, he eventually lost to Ban Ki-moon. In 2009, he contested in the General Elections from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and won. He became Minister of State for External Affairs. He is also a popular columnist for publications like The Times of India and The Hindu. The honors he has won include the Excelsior Award and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.
|Publisher||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Number of Pages||456 Pages|
|Publication Year||2012 December|
|Height||9.25 Inches (US)|
|Width||1.38 Inches (US)|
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Mar 4, 2014
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Jul 8, 2013
Not perfectly neutral
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Aug 16, 2012
Good and Bold account but incompleteThe book presents a very good account of India’s International Affairs. I have loved Mr. Tharoos’s columns from The Hindu OP-ED pages during my Delhi University days and have followed him since then whenever I got an opportunity. His analysis of India’s Bilateral relation in particular used to be very precise and brought issues into notice that were not always so visible. However, contrary to my expectations, this book does not quite live up to the expectation.
Aug 6, 2012
Who says Foreign Policy is boring??? A real delight for Foreign Policy enthusiastsFrom the cover of the book till the end it is an extremely interesting read. This is by far the best book I've read on Foreign Policy till date. The book is fast moving contrary to the popular belief that Foreign Policy can be boring. Shashi Tharoor sure justifies his ability as a writer as well as one of the most competent people to write on such an important area. It gives an in depth understanding of Foreign Policy and how important it is for any nation especially for an emerging power like India and how it can benefit the nation and its citizens at large. The chapter wise coverage giving a… (Expand)
Jul 8, 2013
Not perfectly neutralShashi Tharoor presents to us a new entry into already existing massive literature on India's foriegn policy. personally i think he is amongst the certain few of indian politics who is deeply into reading and writing which in the earlier era was considered something inevitable for political leaders. the book presents his own account working as under secretary general at UNO and for short time as minister of state. also his experience when he was researcher and had to deal with foreign ministry mandarins.
Jul 26, 2012
A straight from the heart, logical and blunt bookA book that challenges long-held assumptions, enables an in-depth understanding of our various neighbours and our response to them; Witty in parts - which makes for fun reading; blunt in its honesty as regards acknowledging Indian mistakes, equally blunt and straight in praising India's good points... and brutally blunt in response to western misconceptions and dual standards on India
Aug 17, 2012
India's True Foreign Policy GospelAn insightful inside scoop with historical anecdotes and game swinging current events that will shape India's foreign policy role in the future with all round relations from South Asia to the West and it's position in United Nations,strong emphasis on multi alignment and soft power. Pax Indica also highlights India's list of accomplishments while laying down a template on what it needs to accomplish and what it has the capability to.Shashi Tharoor scores a game winning touchdown, given his colossal United Nations and MEA credentials, in terms of scanning the positives and negatives of foreign … (Expand)
Aug 12, 2012
Nice Book albeit Loosely written at few placesWho can write on Indian Foreign Policy better than Shashi Tharoor. The book has immense fresh ideas like 'Multi-Alginment' a befitting and better policy option than 'Non-Alignment 2.0"; converting 'Big Brother syndrome' to elder brother syndrome. The chapters on Soft power and on Africa and Latin America were missing in most books and were desperately required by Readers. The note on the ministry of External(in Throor's lexicom 'Eternal') Affairs is worth read with lot of insider and real info.
Mar 13, 2013
generally speakingA very general Indian affairs book , Im sure Shashi would have penned it down in a week or so , drifting through the backwaters of kerela, the book provides nothing intresting or new , might be informative for people who know nothing abt the Indian setup . For people who have been reading , Ramchandra Guha , Nandan Nilekani and Dalrymple the book turns out to be a big bore . Avoided the better is my take on it .
Nov 10, 2012
Pax Indica- Masterpiece!To understand India's changing foreign policy in the contemporary world and the future challenges faced by it, this book provides a wonderful insight into the subject. A riveting read for one interested in diplomacy. Shashi Tharoor comes up with yet another masterpiece!
Mar 4, 2014
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Feb 16, 2014
Overratedi think this book is written in a style which is like writing a civil services answer but it should have been more engaging !