1st Edition

Global India The Pursuit of Influence and Status

Edited By Chris Ogden Copyright 2023
    278 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    India’s anticipated rise to prominence in what has been termed the ‘Asian 21st century’ will have a significant impact upon geopolitics in the coming decades. As India’s stature continues to increase across Asia and the world, appreciating which interests and principles structure the country’s international interaction has never been more important. Central to these dynamics is how India’s identity – and the longstanding values, principles and practices underpinning it – acts as the paramount factor that deeply structures the conduct of its international affairs. Acknowledging this centrality, this edited volume uses this factor as its foremost theme of analysis through which to understand and analyse India’s most important regional, great power and diplomatic interactions. Not only providing a mechanism better to appreciate the historical foundations of these relationships, the focus on identity is also necessary to appreciate how the Hindu nationalism of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of Narendra Modi is now permeating Indian diplomacy. For the BJP, the pursuit – and attainment – of global influence and heightened status is the driving imperative of the BJP with regard to India’s contemporary international affairs.

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    Preliminary Structure: • Table of Contents • List of Abbreviations • List of Tables & Figures • Introduction: ‘A Rising and Assertive India’, Chris Ogden (University of St Andrews) Section A: Consolidating Pre-Eminence in South Asia • Chapter 1: ‘South Asia 2.0: The End of South Asia As You Know It’, Christian Wagner (German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin) • Chapter 2: ‘India and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’, Agnieszka Nitza (Collegium Civitas, Warsaw) • Chapter 3: ‘Digital Space and Religious Intolerance in South Asia: India and Bangladesh’, Parama Sinhapalit (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) • Chapter 4: ‘The Offshore Hindu Nation: The Indian Ocean in the Middlebrow Hindu Nationalist Imagination, 1990-2019’, Sara Perlangeli (University of Oxford) Section B: Deepening Great Power Relations • Chapter 5: ‘The Elusive Settlement: India-China Negotiations Over “the Boundary Question”’, Stephen Westcott (Murdoch University, Australia) • Chapter 6: ‘India-Japan Alignment in the Indo-Pacific’, Yoichiro Sato and Astha Chadha (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University) • Chapter 7: ‘The Comparative Analysis of Russia’s and France’s Strategies Towards India and South Asia’, Aleksei Zakharov (Russian Academy of Sciences) • Chapter 8: ‘India and the United States: Friends Elsewhere, Foes at the United Nations’, (Chirayu Thakkar, National University of Singapore) Section C: Articulating a Diplomatic Vision • Chapter 9: ‘Institutionalization of Paradiplomacy in India’, Aayushi Liana Shah, Nomita Prithviraj, Vedant Mehra & Vishwesh Sundar (Leiden University, The Hague) • Chapter 10: ‘Futures in the Making: An Analysis of Indian Climate Policy Articulations’, Miriam Prys (German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg) • Chapter 11: ‘India’s Foreign Aid to the Pacific: A Strategic Tool of Cooperation?’, Teesta Prakash (Griffith University, Australia) • Chapter 12: ‘Attitudes of the Indian-American Diaspora Towards Politics in India’, Shubha Kamala Prasad (European University Institute), Maneesh Arora (Wellesley College, Massachusetts), Sara Sadhwani (Pomona College, California) • Chapter 13: ‘India’s Response to COVID-19 – A Soft Power Perspective’, Aleksandra Jaskólska (University of Warsaw) • Conclusions: ‘India’s Global Reconfiguration’, Chris Ogden (University of St Andrews) • Extended Bibliography • Index


    Chris Ogden is Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Asian Affairs at the University of St Andrews, where he researches contemporary great power politics, foreign policy and national security dynamics across South and East Asia. His most recent book is The Authoritarian Century: China's Rise and the Demise of the Liberal International Order (Bristol University Press: 2022). https://chris-ogden.org/.

    "India’s transformations will have great impact on Asian and global politics in the decades to come. This volume insightfully scrutinizes their diverse dimensions to highlight the promise and the pitfalls that mark India’s ascent on the world stage." 

    Ashley J. Tellis, Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    "India’s emergence from an aspirational power to a rising power is occurring in the middle of major global, regional and domestic changes. Here is a well-thought out set of papers capturing the opportunities and constraints that India is facing in its long-held aspiration for great power status and wider influence in the international system."

    T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, McGill University, Canada

    "brings together scholarship to reflect deeply on the significant and current issues facing a globalizing India. Global India is an easy read, and its coverage and topicality will render it invaluable for students and researchers alike."

    Rahul Mukherji, Professor and Chair, Modern Politics of South Asia, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

     "A very fine set of essays that blends theoretical innovation with fresh empirical insights. Essential reading for anyone interested in India's emergence as a global power."

    Ian Hall, Griffith University

    "a valuable volume with multiple methodologies and rich case studies to understand the interests, institutions and identities that underpin India’s increasingly ambitious foreign policy." 

    Dr. Constantino Xavier, Fellow, Foreign Policy and Security, Centre for Social and Economic Progress, New Delhi, India 

    "the wide sweep of this work, encompassing great power politics, economics, climate and identity, make it a must read for all serious students of contemporary India."

    Rajesh Basrur, PhD, Senior Fellow, South Asia Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University