Book Launch of ‘Power and Diplomacy: India’s Foreign Policies during the Cold War’


Centre for Policy Research and Oxford University Press cordially invite you to the Book Launch of ‘Power and Diplomacy: India’s Foreign Policies during the Cold War’38875531_10160792116650008_3843731353208094720_n

Guest of Honour: Hamid Ansari, Former Vice President of India 

Shivshankar Menon, Former National Security Adviser of India
Suhasini Haider, National Editor, The Hindu
Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research
Zorawar Daulet Singh, Author and Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Friday, 5 April 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Multipurpose Hall, Kamladevi Complex, India International Centre

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About the Book

The notion that a monolithic idea of ‘nonalignment’ shaped India’s foreign policy since its inception is a popular view. In Power and Diplomacy, Zorawar Daulet Singh challenges conventional wisdom by unveiling another layer of India’s strategic culture. In a richly detailed narrative using new archival material, the author not only reconstructs the worldviews and strategies that underlay geopolitics during the Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi years, he also illuminates the significant transformation in Indian statecraft as policymakers redefined some of their fundamental precepts on India’s role in in the subcontinent and beyond. His contention is that those exertions of Indian policymakers are equally apposite and relevant today.

Whether it is about crafting a sustainable set of equations with competing great powers, formulating an intelligent Pakistan policy, managing India’s ties with its smaller neighbours, dealing with China’s rise and Sino-American tensions, or developing a sustainable Indian role in Asia, Power and Diplomacy strikes at the heart of contemporary debates on India’s unfolding foreign policies.

About the Author

Zorawar Daulet Singh is a fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India, and is associated with the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. For the past decade, he has been a regular commentator and columnist on India’s foreign policy and various dimensions of India-China relations. His co-authored books include India-China Relations: The Border Issue and Beyond and Chasing the Dragon: Will India Catch up with China? He holds a PhD in international relations from King’s College London, and an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.

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