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Crossing the Rubicon - The Shaping of India's New Foreign Policy
Crossing the Rubicon - The Shaping of India's New Foreign Policy

Crossing the Rubicon - The Shaping of India's New Foreign Policy

by C Raja Mohan

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin/Viking

ISBN

0670049638 - Year: 2003 - Pages: 321

Binding

Hardcover

C Raja Mohan

Author: C Raja Mohan
Publisher: Penguin/Viking
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 321
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670049638

Description

India’s nuclear tests in May 1998 had reverberations that went far beyond the Thar desert. Jettisoned, as a result, were some key tenets of its foreign policy, in particular the traditional emphasis on idealism. As pragmatism took root in New Delhi, India renewed its global engagement with a rare sense of purpose and self-confidence and transformed its external relations. In Crossing the Rubicon, C raja Mohan narrates the story of India’s successful diplomatic experimentation since the mid-1980s, one that has not been given it due.



Mohan, strategic affairs editor of the Hindu, examines the reworking of India’s relations with the major powers at the turn of the twenty-first century. Notable are his behind-the-scenes accounts of India’s initiative to transform its rapport with the United States, especially the Jaswant Singh-Strobe Talbott talks, and its rejuvenated relationship with post-Soviet Russia. He also examines India’s management of its troubled relations with China, one a bothersome neighbour but now a power to contend with, and looks at war and peace with Pakistan, including the failed Agra Summit.



What emerges a remarkable tale of a country’s transformation from being a leader of the Third World trade union to preparing for a seat at the high table of global diplomacy.

Contents

Contents


Acknowledgements


Introduction


One: The Nuclear Leap Forward


Two: Beyond Non-alignment


Three: Returning to the West


Four: The US: a Natural Ally?


Five: Reviving the Russian Connection


Six: Emulating China


Seven: Containing Pakistan


Eight: Rediscovering Lord Curzon


Nine: Re-forming the Subcontinent


Ten: Diplomacy for the Second Republic


Endnotes


Index

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