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India - From Regional to World Power

By Ashok Kapur

© 2006 – Routledge

272 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book provides an in-depth account of India's role in world politics at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The author shows how the approach laid down by Nehru and followed by his successors (an approach that included nuclear self-restraint, the search for friendly relations with Pakistan and China, seeking the high ground in moral and diplomatic spheres, and giving a lead to the non-aligned Third World) has been replaced.

The new, more self-confident and assertive approach of this book is based on India's growing economic strength and has a more strategic and pro-Western orientation. Meticulous in approach, this book discusses this change, shows how it has come about, and explores how India's role in world politics might develop going forward.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of South Asian studies, Asian politics, international relations, and security studies.


'This book examines the rise of India to the status of world power. It traces the evolution of Indian diplomacy in the hands of key Indian practitioners, comparing Nehru, the founder of Indian diplomacy with his successors.' - Oxfam Development Resources Review

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: India as a Catalyst 2. Shifts in Indian Diplomatic History 3. Strategic Triangles and the Indian Subcontinent 4. Indian Strategic Debates and Dilemmas: Analytical Constructs 5. Nature of India’s Foreign Policy: Utopia, Compromise Pease or Engagement? 6. The Build-up of the Suzerain States’ System in the Subcontinent, 1947 – 1990s 7. The Typology of Threats to India and The Nehruvian Record, 1964-98 8. Nehru’s Innovations and Their Problems 9. Nehruvians and the Rise of Anti-India Trends in Foreign Affairs 10. The External Determinants of Change in Indian Foreign Affairs, 1960s – 1990s 11. India’s Antagonists Re-Group, 1971-1980s 12. Liberating India and Its Nuclear Policy From the Nehruvian Shackles 13. India’s Rise as a Major Power, 1990s 14. BJP’s Geopolitics and Building Strategic Triangularities. Epilogue

About the Author

Ashok Kapur is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. He specializes in South Asian diplomatic and strategic issues including nuclear weapons and missile proliferation as well as regional security structures in Asia. Born in Lahore, he grew up in Shimla and did his advanced graduate work in Washington, DC and Ottawa.

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India in the Modern World

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General