This book provides a comprehensive understanding of the various dimensions of India’s international positioning and foreign relations. Already a dominant player in South Asian politics, India has gained a strong footing in the international pecking order with the signing of the Indo-US nuclear agreement and significant support for its claim for a permanent seat in the Security Council. The chapters presented here look at myriad aspects — India’s relations with its neighbours and global powers farther afield including the US, the European Union, Russia and China; India’s policies, influences and strengths; developments in economy, knowledge and innovation amid evolving global realities as well as geostrategic equations and alliances; its present and future plans vis-à-vis its standing in the world; and how international politics is likely to emerge in the coming years.
The volume will be useful to academics, researchers and students of politics and international relations as also to policy practitioners and those in media interested in Indian affairs, foreign policy and international relations.
Table of Contents
List of figures. List of tables. Preface. Introduction 1. India-China Relations in the 21st Century: Conflicts and Cooperation Sangit K. Ragi 2. India-China Relations in Changing Regional Dynamics Vikash Ranjan 3. India and the US: Drifting towards an Alliance? Uma Purushothaman 4. Changing Dynamics of US- China Relations: Implications for India Nalini Kant Jha 5. Revisiting Indo-Russian Relations: A Tale of Two Decades Abhay Kumar 6. India’s relations with the European Union in the 21st Century Himmat Singh Deora 7. Is India a Hegemonic Power? Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies Srini Sitaraman 8. Indian Foreign Policy in Himalayan Region: A Changing Bhutan and an Assertive China Pranav Kumar 9. Indian Ocean in India’s Geo-Strategic Calculus: Problems and Prospects for Maritime Security Sanju Gupta 10. 25 years of India-Central Asia Relations: An Overview Mahesh Ranjan Debata 11. India’s Act-East Policy: Opportunities and Challenges Amit Singh 12. India-Africa Relations: Issues and Priorities Sandipani Dash 13. Increasing Role of Provinces in India’s Foreign Policy Tridivesh Singh Maini 14. Indian Diaspora: A Strategic Asset for Indian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century Vidhan Pathak 15. Determinants of Indian Economic Growth Subhasis Bera 16. India’s Military Modernization: Security Concern and Power Consolidation Vimal Nayan Pandey 17. Nuclear Energy and India's Energy Security: Challenges and Opportunities Chanchal Kumar. Index
Sangit K. Ragi is Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, India. Previously, he worked as Deputy Dean, Academic Activities, University of Delhi, and was Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi. He has published widely and has been on editorial boards of several research journals. His areas of research also include ethnicity, nationalism and right-wing politics in India.
Sunil Sondhi is Principal, Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi, India. Earlier, he was Reader at Rajdhani College, University of Delhi. He has had visiting fellowships at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; University of Toronto; National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi; and George Washington University, USA. He has received many prestigious national and international research awards and has authored several books and research articles on issues such as international politics, security and development, terrorism and India’s foreign policy.
Vidhan Pathak is Associate Professor, Department of African Studies, University of Delhi, India. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at the Department of African Studies, University of Mumbai and a fellow at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the former editor of African Currents, journal of the Department of African Studies, University of Mumbai and Assistant Editor of Diaspora Studies. Apart from African politics and Indo-African relations his research interests cover diaspora.