This book investigates the interplay of internal and external constraints, challenges and possibilities regarding foreign policy in India.
It is the first attempt to systematically analyse and focus on the different actors and institutions in the domestic and international contexts who impose and push for various directions in India’s foreign policy. Rather than focusing on any one particular theme, the book explores the myriad aspects of foreign policymaking and the close interface between the domestic and external aspects in Indian policymaking. In turn, this relates to the structural issues shaping and reshaping the Asian regional dynamics and India’s connectivity within a globalized world.
This book will be of great interest to postgraduate students; scholars of Asian Studies, development, and political science and international relations; and all those involved in policy – especially foreign policy – within India and South Asia. It will also be useful for people working in professional branches of consultancy and the private sector dealing with India and with South Asia in general.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Interface of Domestic and International Factors in India’s Foreign Policy: Introducing the Issues
Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt and Shantanu Chakrabarti
Part I: The Evolution of Reactive and Proactive Foreign Policy
Chapter 2. The Struggle Between Political Idealism and Policy Realism: The Making of India’s Nuclear Policy
A. Vinod Kumar
Chapter 3. India’s Foreign Policy and Domestic Compulsions: Theorizing the Margins of Exclusion
Chapter 4. India’s Foreign Aid Policy: Aid Recipient and Aid Donor
Jørgen Dige Pedersen
Part II: Global Ambitions, Internal and Regional Constraints
Chapter 5. Status of Malaysian-Indians in Malaysian Social Matrix: Reconciling the Juxtaposition of Foreign Policy and Coalition Politics in India
Chapter 6. Towards an Eastern South Asian Community: Regional and Sub-Regional Cooperation as a Viable Foreign Policy Initiative
Chapter 7. The Elephant and the Panda – India and China: Global Allies and Regional Competitors
Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt
Part III: Identity, Migration and Structural Dimensions
Chapter 8. Party Politics and its Influence over Foreign Policymaking in India
Chapter 9. Differentiated Citizenship: Multiculturalism, Secularism and Indian Foreign Policy
Catarina Kinnvall and Ted Svensson
Chapter 10. From Periphery to the Centre: Subnationalism and Federal Foreign Policies within a State Nation
Shantanu Chakrabarti and Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt
Part IV: Looking In – Outside Out: Northeast of India Related to India's Foreign Policymaking
Chapter 11. Manipur Dynamics in India’s Myanmar Policy: Politico-Economic Perspective
Langpoklakpam Suraj Singh
Chapter 12. Thinking, Looking and Acting: Beyond East and Southeast to the ‘Other Asia’
Chapter 13. Federalization of Indian Foreign Policy: Recent Trends
Sreya Maitra and Shibashis Chatterjee
Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Development and International Relations at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is also a Senior Expert at the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (NIAS) at Copenhagen University, Denmark, and Senior Research Associate at the Global Policy Institute (GPI) in London, UK.
Shantanu Chakrabarti is Professor in the Department of History and Convenor of the Academic Committee at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies at the University of Calcutta, India.