Neighbours, Major Powers and Indian Foreign Policy is a significant addition to the field of International Relations. Today, after nearly three decades of economic liberalisation, the nation is poised to become a major economic force in the world. The tectonic shift in India’s economic performance has attracted the attention of the world, especially neighbours and major powers. But the most important question in the broader picture of an ‘Emerging India’ relates to India’s Foreign Policy. Has Indian Foreign Policy emerged sufficiently to allow India to shoulder the label of an Economic Powerhouse? This volume seeks an answer to this crucial question.
The volume is divided into two sections: the first, titled ‘India and Its Neighbours’, studies India’s relations with countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Myanmar. The second section, titled ‘India and Major Powers’, explores India’s foreign relations with the US, the UK, China, Russia, Japan, the European Union, and the ASEAN.
Written in a lucid and accessible style, this book will be indispensible for UG and PG students, civil service aspirants, researchers and foreign policy analysts.
Aneek Chatterjee teaches at the post-graduate department of political science, Hooghly Mohsin College, West Bengal. He has authored and edited nine books; and contributed several research articles and chapters in leading journals and volumes. He served as Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Presidency University (formerly Presidency College), Kolkata. Chatterjee was a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer at the Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia (2010-11), USA.
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PART I: India and Her Neighbours
Relations with Pakistan: Search for Multiple Dimensions
Introduction: Hostile Beginning
The 1990s: The Missed Opportunities
The New Century: The Old Saga Continues
Recommendations for the Future
and strategic collaborations
and cultural exchanges
for settling the Kashmir imbroglio
‘conditions’ from bilateral negotiations
and Sri Lanka: Ethnic Problems and Beyond
Security and Cultural Relations
and Bangladesh: Close or a Distant Neighbour?
and Nepal: Emerging Issues
Relations with Bhutan: Strong as Usual
and Afghanistan: The Democratic Formula
Relations: Trapped between Realism and Idealism
PART II: INDIA AND MAJOR POWERS
and the United States: Evolving Partnership
Introduction: Bilateral Relations during the
Relations after the Cold War
Rao to Vajpayee’s Second Term (1991–99): Ups and Downs in Relations
Kargil Crisis and Beyond: Engagement Begins
Cooperation and Evolving Partnership in the New Century
Singh, the Civil Nuclear Agreement and Beyond
Minister Modi and India’s Relations with the US
and China: Competitors or Adversaries?
Introduction: Early Warmth to Animosity
Quest for Normalcy in Relations (1988–2000)
Political Relations in the New Century
Conclusion: Perception Problems
and Russia: Rebuilding Older Ties
Introduction: Fresh Beginning on a Rich
and Japan: Partners in Peace
and the European Union: Growing Relations
Introduction: A New Phase in Relationship
EU–India Ties in the 1990s
Cooperation in the New Century
I ndia–EU Economic Relations
India–EU Strategic Partnership
Conclusion: Action Plan for the Future
and Britain: Strategic Partners?
and the ASEAN: Emerging Partnership
The 1990s and Beyond: Growing Relations
From Fifth to Commemorative to 14th Summit
ASEAN–India Economic Relations
Conclusion: The Future of ASEAN–India