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India's international relations reflect a traditional policy of non-alignment with its emphasis upon international peace, peaceful coexistence and independent foreign policy, which have been helpful for India in securing its national interests as well as in building up an influential position in world politics. India's international relations have been characterised by the basic tenets of Panchsheel. Peace, disarmament, self-reliance, non-alignment, mutual respect and development are the factors that provide the foundation of India's international relations and also determine its reactions to developments taking place in different parts of the world. India's foreign policy since the time of Independence has essentially been to expand its strategic space.
The end of the bipolar world, with the disintegration of Soviet Union, ushered in an era of extraordinary flux and transition. The tragic event of 9/11 exposed the acute vulnerability of all nations to terrorist threats of unprecedented proportions.
India's foreign policy has to adapt to the rapidly changing global scenario and at the same time reconcile with the remarkable changes taking place within India itself. The country has significantly expanded its network of international relations. Its political engagement and economic and technical cooperation with the world are greater today than ever before.
This book India's International Relations, in two volumes, attempts to cover all important aspects of India's relations with major countries--the United States, Russia, China, the UK, and the European Union. The most significant development from the point of view of international diplomacy and energy security for India has been the Indo-US strategic partnership which fructified into the historic Indo-US Nuclear Deal. The book highlights this landmark in relations between the world's two great democratic countries. It also studies India's relations with its neighbours--Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal--and focuses on the country's vital role in the whole of South Asia in pursuit of helping it emerge as a region of flourishing democracies. The vast coverage of the book will be of great help to the students, researchers and teachers of Indian politics and international relations.
The book would also be useful to government executives and parliamentarians of several countries concerned with the formulation and execution of the foreign policy. Common readers interested in knowing about India's relations with the world would find the book useful, informative and interesting.
K.R. Gupta is a well-known economist and an expert in the field of International Affairs. He has published over twenty books and more than hundred papers in reputed journals being published in India and abroad. He had been teaching postgraduate classes and guiding research for about two decades in the University of Jammu and Kurukshetra University. Among the books published by him, Reform of the United Nations (2 vols.); Studies in World Affairs (2 vols.); Global Terrorism; India-Pakistan Relations with Special Reference to Kashmir (4 vols.) and Selected Documents on Nuclear Disarmament (4 vols.) deserve special mention.