New Directions in India’s Foreign Policy: Theory and Praxis

Rajeesh Kumar is Associate Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • September 2019
    Book Review

    One of the limitations of Indian foreign policy literature is its apathy towards employing novel approaches and methods. Though Indian foreign policy has gone through a dramatic transformation, particularly in the last two decades, the majority of scholarly attempts still spin around traditional theoretical paradigms. Thus, the academic enterprise on Indian foreign policy remained limited to the realist, liberal and at best post-colonial explanations. The inability of these distinct theoretical traditions to explain the complexity of Indian foreign policy created a void in the literature. However, recent years have witnessed Indian foreign policy studies gaining new momentum with scholars’ willingness to use new theories and approaches to understand and explain India’s behaviour in the international system. New Directions in India’s Foreign Policy: Theory and Praxis is the latest in this attempt.