Author: C Raja MohanPublisher: Penguin/VikingYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 321ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670049638
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.
ContentsAcknowledgementsIntroductionOne: The Nuclear Leap ForwardTwo: Beyond Non-alignmentThree: Returning to the WestFour: The US: a Natural Ally?Five: Reviving the Russian ConnectionSix: Emulating ChinaSeven: Containing PakistanEight: Rediscovering Lord CurzonNine: Re-forming the SubcontinentTen: Diplomacy for the Second RepublicEndnotesIndex