03 December, 2020

Touring The Decades

Neither subtle nor flashy, a hard-nosed look at foreign policy

Touring The Decades
DIPLOMATS, like generals, when they retire usually fade away. Or at least that is what their colleagues, erstwhile political masters and assorted journalists, think-tankers, academics hope they will do! Indian diplomats have taken this wish too seriously. Most of them have gracefully faded away to enjoy retired life and to appear at a somnolent seminar or two at the India International Centre.

J.N. Dixit is that breed of diplomat who has not chosen "vanaprastha" and we should be grateful for that. He continues to advise the Indian government, he is a regular at seminars and not just at the IIC, he speaks but most importantly he writes his mind—and with verve, candour and bluntness. Across Borders is his latest book. It is redolent of his seminar interventions and his previous writings, touching on themes, ideas, predilections, prescriptions, incidents and periods that one associates with this most public of former foreign secretaries. However, this is not a repackaging of his earlier books which dealt with his term in Sri Lanka and on relations with Pakistan. It is...



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