THE INDIA WAY STRATEGIES FOR AN UNCERTAIN WORLD
Releasing on 7 September 2020
‘As India rises in the world order, it should not only visualize its interests with great clarity but also communicate them effectively. This book is an effort to contribute to that endeavour, encouraging an honest conversation among Indians, without discouraging the world from eavesdropping.
International relations may be mostly about other nations, but neither unfamiliarity nor indifference lessens its consequences. So, rather than allow events to come upon us, these are better anticipated and analysed.’
The decade from the 2008 global financial crisis to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has seen a real transformation of the world order. The very nature of international relations and its rules is changing before our eyes.
For India, this means optimal relationships with all the major powers to best advance its goals. It also requires a bolder and non-reciprocal approach to the immediate and extended neighbourhood. A global footprint is now in the making that leverages India’s greater capability and relevance, as well as its unique diaspora. This era of global upheaval entails greater expectations from India, putting it on the path to becoming a leading power.
In The India Way, S. Jaishankar, India’s Minister of External Affairs, analyses these challenges and spells out possible policy responses. In doing so, he is very conscious of balancing India’s national interest with international responsibilities. He places this thinking in the context of history and tradition, appropriate for a civilizational power that seeks to reclaim its place on the world stage.
In a transformed world order where the old rules no longer apply, how can India make its way in a manner that best suits its interests and stature? We are delighted to publish Dr S. Jaishankar’s exceptional work that brings clarity to a complicated scenario and indicates the path forward.’
About the author:
Dr S. Jaishankar is currently the External Affairs Minister of India. As a professional diplomat, he served as the Foreign Secretary from 2015 to 2018, the Ambassador to the United States of America from 2013 to 2015, the Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2013, the High Commissioner to Singapore from 2007 to 2009 and the Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2000 to 2004.
He has also had other diplomatic assignments in embassies in Moscow, Washington DC, Colombo, Budapest and Tokyo, as well as in the Ministry of External Affairs and the President’s Secretariat. After his diplomatic career, he was President (Global Corporate Affairs) at Tata Sons Private Limited. He was a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2019.
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