India’s foreign policy has come a long way since its independence, from the era of the Non-aligned Movement, shaped and espoused by Jawaharlal Nehru, to the recent phase of the challenges of globalization and the uncertainty created by the end of the Cold War and the decline of multilateralism and the nation state.
India's Foreign Policy: Coping with the Changing World is a reflection on these transformations and includes prescriptions for strategies and policy measures. It deals with India's evolving relations with important world powers, like the United States, Russia and China. It proffers advice, distilled from experience, on dealing with neighbours, with the limelight on Bangladesh, one of the most important neighbours of India. The author, who played an important role in shaping and conducting India's policies in the global arena, does not hesitate to put forth views that are radically different from the prevailing ones.
The book also discusses happenings that are likely to have a far-reaching impact on India in the near future, including China's emergence as a global power and the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal. It also casts a glance on India's diaspora, spread out across the world, and the role it has come to play in influencing the country's development and foreign policy. As the first in the 'India and the World' series, the book gives the reader an expert account of the major developments in the world and of the many trajectories of India's foreign policy.
About the Author
Muchkund Dubey started his career as a lecturer in economics and later joined the Indian Foreign Service. During his tenure in the IFS, he served as the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh and as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Geneva. He also worked at the Headquarters of the United Nations and UNDP at New York for five years. He retired from the IFS after serving as the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. He then joined the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University as Professor, where he taught for close to eight years.
He was also on the Executive Board of UNESCO, and served as the Chairman of the Common School System Commission, Bihar, and as Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of Sikkim. He has written a large number of papers, chapters of books and articles on international security and disarmament, international development cooperation, world order issues as well as social and economic development in India.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. India’s Foreign Policy: Underlying Principles, Strategies and Challenges Ahead
2. Dealing with Neighbours
3. Democracy and Governance in Bangladesh
4. Indo-Bangladesh Economic Relations
5. Indo-US Relations
6. The Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal
7. Indo-(Soviet) Russian Relations
8. India and China: An Uneasy but Critically Important Relationship
9. The United Nations as a Foreign Policy Arena for India and China
10. China’s Tryst with Globalization
11. Perspectives of India and Japan on Disarmament and Security Issues
12. India and the Indian Diaspora: Changing Salience
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