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Author: G Kishore Babu
Translator(s)/Editor: G Kishore Babu
Publisher: CNF/Contemporary News & Features
ISBN/UPC (if available): 818935700X
While India has quietly moved from Cold War politics to globalization, baring China, India’s other neighbours are yet to overcome the Cold War mentality. The result is that a section of the ruling elite among India’s neighbours perceive things in terms of pressure points vis-a vis India or try to thrive on anti-India sentiment. This has retarded the growth of healthier relations between India and its neighbours. The lack of viable political institutions also causes instability in the region.
With India making major gains in economic development, a misperception has grown among some of its neighbours that an economically developed India may make their economies surrogates of India. India’s neighbourhood, with the exception of China, is a disturbed region. The power struggles in Bangladesh, the depredations of the LTTE in Sri Lanka, Maoists in Nepal and Islamic radicals in Pakistan are all negative, disturbing elements.
The subtle changes taking place in foreign policy against this backdrop are discussed in this volume, in terms of how India views these changes in its neighbourhood and how it attempts to address them. A periodic updating of this subject is required to develop an effective Indocentric view.
Indian Foreign Policy: From Real Idealism to Idealist Realism
China: Mixed Signals to Confidence-building Measures
Pakistan: Cautious Thaw in Relations
The Kashmir Problem: Sieving Fact from Fiction
Bangladesh: A Prickly Relationship
The Dilemma of Guarding
Sri Lanka: Congenial Coexistence
Nepal: Problems of Self-Assertion
Bhutan: Mutual Accommodation
Myanmar: Realpolitik at Work
Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean
Afghanistan: Neighbour Distanced by Pakistan