India's Foreign Policy: Coping with the Changing World by Muchkund Dubey

Dr. Arvind Gupta was Director General at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile
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  • March 2013
    Book Review

    Muchkund Dubey's book on India's foreign policy is quite different from similar books written in recent times. Most books either reveal a nostalgia for the Nehruvian past or reject it altogether. The author of this book adopts a different approach. He links foreign policy to domestic factors at every step of his analysis and reminds the policy makers that there are limits to what diplomacy can achieve. He also points out that an uncertain domestic situation handicaps India's foreign policy.

    Since the end of the Cold War, India has been compelled to make several adjustments in its foreign policy. While India has gained, in many ways, from the end of the Cold War, of late the international situation has become problematic and has entered into unchartered waters.