By Kanti Bajpai, Saira Basit, V. Krishnappa

As India prepares to take its position in shaping the process an ‘Asian century’, there are expanding debates approximately its ‘grand procedure’ and its function in a destiny global order. This well timed and topical publication provides various ancient and modern interpretations and case experiences at the topic. Drawing upon wealthy and various narratives that experience educated India’s strategic discourse, defense and overseas coverage, it charts a brand new time table for strategic considering on postcolonial India from a non-Western standpoint. complete and insightful, the paintings will end up vital to these in defence and strategic stories, overseas coverage, political technological know-how, and sleek Indian historical past. it is going to additionally curiosity policy-makers, think-tanks and diplomats.

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For instance, Indira Gandhi could call on a sophisticated group of policy-makers and thinkers including D. P. Dhar, P. N. Dhar and P. N. Haksar. The long-serving and influential intelligence chiefs B. N. Mullick and R. N. Kao, also undoubtedly served up analysis and recommendations on broader lines of policy to the political leadership. How can we characterise the grand strategic scene in contemporary India? What is the legacy of the political and thought leaders 21 See Srinath Raghavan, War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years (Ranikhet: Permanent Black, 2010).

Army War College Guide to National Security Policy and Strategy (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College, 2004), pp. 79–100; Colin S. Gray, ‘Strategic Culture as Context: The First Generation of Theory Strikes Back’, Review of International Studies, 25, 1 (January 2004), pp. 49–69; Jeffrey S. Lantis, ‘Strategic Culture and National Security Policy’, International Studies Review, 4, 3 (Autumn 2002), pp. 87–113; Ben D. Mor, ‘Public Diplo-macy in Grand Strategy’, Foreign Policy Analysis, 2 (2006), pp.

16  Kanti Bajpai, Saira Basit and V. Krishnappa of the nationalist and post-nationalist period? In his framing essay, Kanti Bajpai suggests that today’s India features three major schools and three relatively minor schools of grand strategic thinking, with different but also overlapping views of how to deal with India’s major external challenges, namely, Pakistan, China, and the US. The three major schools are Nehruvianism, Neoliberalism and Hyperrealism and the three minor schools are Marxism, Hindu nationalism or Hindutva and Gandhianism.

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