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1st Edition

How Realist Is India’s National Security Policy?

Edited By

Kanti Bajpai

  • Available for pre-order on February 28, 2023. Item will ship after March 21, 2023
ISBN 9780367554026
March 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
198 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In managing national security, how Realist is India in terms of cultivating and using power and especially military power? A conventional view of India is that it has been uncomfortable with Realism or ‘power politics’ as a guide to policy. This volume shows that been more Realist than is generally recognized and that it has increasingly become comfortable with power in the service of its interests. 

The essays in this volume

• Examine the different aspects and types of realism in India’s national security policy

• Include a range of perspectives from academics as well as former military officers and diplomats

• Focus on India’s military and foreign policy in dealing with China, Pakistan, the United States, Southeast Asia, and West Asia.

This key volume will be indispensable to scholars and researchers of politics and international relations, defence and strategic studies, and South Asian studies and to government officials, journalists, and general readers interested in the external dimensions of India’s national security

Table of Contents

Introduction: Is India a Realist Power? 1. Deconstructing Indian Realism 2. Is India Realist? 3. Indian Realisms and Grand Strategic Choices 4. A Journey Without a Destination: The Cultural-Economy of a Great Power 5. India’s Realist Nuclear Posture for the 21st Century 6. Tactical Realism of India’s Conventional Military 7. The Real Tension Between Industrialisation and Indigenisation: How Realistic Is India’s Approach to Self-Reliance in Armaments? 8. Indian Foreign Policy Realism and India’s West Asia Policy 9. Look East, Act East: How Realist are Indian Policies Towards the ASEAN States? 10. India's Moderated Realism vs. China's Hard Realism 11. India and the United States: Clashing Interests and Geopolitics 12. Costs to India, Pakistan of Confrontational Policies: Regional Challenges and Opportunities


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Kanti Bajpai is Wilmar Professor of Asian Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His research interests are strategic culture studies, India’s foreign policy and national security, and South Asia. His most recent books are India Versus China: Why They Are Not Friends (2021) and the co-edited volume Routledge Handbook of China-India Relations (2020).