Malone delivers a surprisingly intimate and forgiving account of India’s sometimes exasperating mix of foreign policy and external relations. This book is a refreshing break from the posturing and grandstanding typical of many Indian writers and the bipartisan and sometimes startlingly ignorant rhetoric coming from most foreign commentators on international relations.
The author manages to see the issues from a uniquely Indian viewpoint (gleaned from his seemingly chummy relationship with most of our prominent scholars – anecdotes litter the book) and to a large extent internalizes the many contradicting tendencies (mostly domestic, unsurprisingly) that influence the outcome of India’s foreign policies and comes up with a coherent attempt at showing that it is not as discordant and incomprehensible as it might appear at first to the outside (or even inside) observer.
Malone gives hope that there is no need to get lost in the cascade of apparent contradictions that might spew from our overly eloquent delegates and that with the right kind of effort India too can be deciphered by her foreign allies and also by her own students.
This gives pause for thought about the right method towards approaching other similarly situated countries which seem to have as patently a lack of ‘grand strategy’ and a similar tendency for ‘getting-through’. This book is a strong case for more scholarship and less diplomacy in international relationships. It seems to be good advice.
- On U.S. and Indian Foreign Policy (brookings.edu)
- Ruminations on Indian IR (writers-bloc.org)
- Business over border for India-China (thebricspost.com)
- The Indian Foreign Service: Worthy of an Emerging Power? (thediplomat.com)
- Too much Dragon, too little Kingdom (thehindu.com)
- A foreign policy classroom with a difference (vancouverdesi.com)
- Indian Foreign Policy: A Look! (english.pravda.ru)
- One Blunder After The Other In Foreign Policy (oneislandtwonationsblogspotcom.typepad.com)