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Author: Kishan S Rana
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170491525
Provides observers of international affairs with an authentic insight into the manner in which a leading Third World country with an enviable reputation on the global stage has practiced diplomacy.
The book comprehensively surveys the way diplomacy works, as an instrument of international relations. It examines different facets of building external relationships: political, economic, cultural, educational, and those related to science and technology and the media. It takes a searching look at the manner in which the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Diplomatic function.
It also examines multilateral diplomacy and summit dynamics, so prominent in the projection of Indian interests abroad. It examines the situation of the Indian Diaspora of 15 million - the non-residential Indians (NRIs). It adds to the knowledge base on India.
The book draws on personal experience of 35 years in the Indian Foreign Service, to show with graphic examples the successes and the shortcomings of these instruments of Indian foreign policy and produces specific recommendations for change. It also incorporates the results of a survey of 36 eminent specialists and observers of international affairs, Indian and foreign.REVIEWS:“Unusual…and different from practically all the books written by members of the IFS or authors, scholars and journalists on Indian foreign relations….This is the first book that deals with functional dynamics, and the operational mechanics of the Indian Foreign Office from its inception to date….Rana’s book has filled the gap in information about the implementation of India’s foreign policy by providing a detailed analysis of the procedures and functional dynamics of the Ministry of External Affairs.”- JN DIXIT, former Foreign Secretary, The Hindu, 5 March 2000 “A large gem. It breathes life, wisdom and good humour, and is full of rich detail. I found it thoroughly absorbing. Students of diplomacy at all stages of their careers will find it immensely useful….In my opinion this is the best general work on practical, contemporary diplomacy which is currently available.”- PROF. GR BERRIDGE, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, University of Leicester, former General Editor of the “Studied in Diplomacy” series by Macmillan. “No book in the past, to the best of one’s knowledge, has made such a thorough study of MEA and its operations at so many levels as Inside Diplomacy. Many truths are told that should embarrass the ministry; many revelations are made, that come as a shocking surprise to the public…the book abounds in stories, some amusing, some shocking but almost all highly educative. If one were to pick them separately and put them together they could make a best-seller….[Rana] deserves the country’s-and the MEA’s thanks.”- MV KAMATH, senior journalist, column “Musings”, Indian Express, August 2000.