01 August, 2021

Eyes On Offshore Lights

This book sees a shift in India’s Cold War-era statecraft, from Nehru’s non-alignment to Indira’s realpolitik. But both stands weren’t mutually exclusive.

Eyes On Offshore Lights

It is not often that a young scholar of international relations takes the plunge to offer original insi­ghts, based on extensive research, on the evolution of India’s foreign policy, with particular reference to the Cold War period. In Power and Diplomacy, Zorawar Dau­lat Singh has not hesitated to question the ana­lysis and assessments of prominent Indian and foreign scholars and has come up with some persuasive interpretations. He deserves commendation, even tho­ugh his conclusions may be contested. Zorawar’s main thesis is that during the first 30 years after Independence, Indian foreign policy was influenced not merely by material factors, such as economic and military capabilities and regional and international environment, but also the choices made at the ‘apex’, consisting of the prime minister and his/her small band of advisers.

The perceptions and attitudes of the leader, in this case Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, played an important role in determining choices made among a set of...

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