India in South Asia: Domestic Identity Politics and Foreign Policy from Nehru to the BJP by Sinderpal Singh
South Asia is one of the most volatile regions in the world, and India's complex democratic political system affects its relations with its South Asian neighbors. Focusing on this relationship,…
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South Asia is one of the most volatile regions in the world, and India's complex democratic political system affects its relations with its South Asian neighbors. Focusing on this relationship, this book explores the extent to which domesticpolitics influence a country's foreignpolicy. The book argues that the special processes of continuity and detachment in Indian foreignpolicy are related to the way in which Indian elites have expressed Indian identity in response to domestic political needs.
The way state elites envision this regional and regional role of India depends on its need to stay in tune with local identitypolitics. Such imperatives have important implications for Indian foreignpolicy in South Asia. Analyzing India's foreignpolicy through the lens of competing domestic visions in three different historical eras in India's independent history, the book provides a framework for the study of the developing nation of India on the basis of the idea (s) of 'India'. This approach allows for a deeper and more accurate interpretation of the drivers of India's foreignpolicy choices from the traditional realist or neoliberal framework, and provides a useful contribution to studies, politics, and international studies in South Asia..
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