Stanly Johny reviews India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present, by Shivshankar Menon

 Stanly Johny reviews India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present, by Shivshankar Menon

A former National Security Adviser and top diplomat traces the changes in India’s foreign policy, maps its present-day challenges, and suggests prescriptions for the future

Independent India’s foreign policy, according to Shivshankar Menon, has gone through three geopolitical phases and their transitions. From 1947 to the 1960s, a bipolar Cold War world; from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s, rapid changes in its neighbourhood such as China falling out with the Soviets and moving to the U.S. side; and the post-Cold War world when the U.S. emerged as the sole superpower in a unipolar world order. Menon, who was the Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary, is exploring these phases in their historical context to tell the story of how India weathered the many geopolitical storms of the past in his latest book, India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present.

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