" As might be expected from a state of such formidable scholars, all essays are well researched and thoughtful. They will contribute significantly on how India as a rising power can play a meaningful and effective role in all aspects of India's geoploitics."
"The editor of the book, Mr Prakash Nanda, said, "The book with a range of opinions on foreign policy concerns for India will help in democratising foreign policy making and changing mindsets."
The Asian Age
The Asian Age
"…well-researched and dispassionately analysed essays presents valuable information on critical aspects of India's geopolitical at a time when the country is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary of Independence."
"Do we know who are our foes?...Books about strategic studies published in India are often boring. One reason is that most of them turn out to be an apology for Jawaharlal Nehru's foreign policy: The so-called Non-Aligned Movement or the Five Great Principles of peaceful co-existence. It is difficult to understand what Indian experts find so great in these 'principles' which led to the enslavement of Tibet, independent for 2,000 years and a peaceful neighbour.
....therefore, refreshing to read Rising India: Friends and Foes... Edited by Prakash Nanda ... the essays are different from the usual stuff on foreign policy. Not only do they delve deeper into all aspects of the Asian situation, but also provide answers to some worrisome recent developments.
Usually, large chunks of a book like this are devoted to studies of Pakistan and its relations with India. But this volume endorses what Sondhi (Prof ML Sondhi) believed was central to India's foreign policy: The importance of China in the Asian framework. Due to the obsession with Pakistan, China has been neglected and when studied, it has been more from a "bhai-bhai" point of view."
This book consists of essays by some of the world’s best minds on international relations and strategic affairs. The constant theme throughout this volume has been to highlight the fact that as the world comes to terms with a rising India, Indians must, in turn, learn to shoulder the burdens that come with being an important power. Gone are the days when Indian policy makers found it difficult psychologically to bring new situations into perspective, missing, thereby, historic opportunities for positive formulations in world politics on many focal questions. Gone are also the days when Indians were forced to find virtues in being passive, negative and peripheral. Today’s imperatives are different. Therefore, India’s biggest foreign policy - challenge now lies in changing the old mindsets of the Indians that their country can remain a bystander to the actions of other powers. The choices India makes today have the potential to change outcomes on almost all global issues. The end of the Cold War has liberated India to simultaneously deepen its relations with all the major power centres. India can no longer remain bound by the Cold War paradigm where good relations with one power automatically entailed negative consequences with its rivals.
Contributors to this volume have examined in details how the old strategic thinking and foreign policy vision in India were sustained, strengthening, in the process, the causes of India’s rivals and foes. They have also discussed how this old mindset could and must change so that India, along with its friends and partners, could excel in the global power structure. Their well-researched and dispassionately analyzed essays are intended to contribute significantly to the debate on critical aspects of India’s geopolitics as the country celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of its independence this year.
IN THIS VOLUME:
MJ Akbar • Arthur Waldron • Dalai Lama • Premen Addy • Ashok Kapur • Ben-Ami Shillony • Rajaram Panda • Ashley J Tellis • Arun Prakash • Paul Wilkinson • Riyaz Punjabi • Sureshwar D Sinha • Robert L Holmes • Harish Kapur • Shrikant Paranjpe • RLM Patil • Bharat Karnad • Rajiv Nayan • Moshe Yegar • Mahendra P Lama • Apratim Mukarji • Harsh V Pant
Author: Prakash Nanda (Ed)
Features: Size 6x9in