By Shivshankar Menon
Every state needs to make offerings approximately overseas coverage and nationwide safety. occasionally these offerings end up to were right, different occasions no longer. during this insider's account, Shivshankar Menon describes essentially the most an important judgements India has confronted in the course of his lengthy profession in governmentand how key personalities usually needed to make offerings in line with incomplete details less than the strain of fast-moving events.
Menon both participated without delay in or used to be linked to all of the significant Indian overseas coverage judgements he describes in offerings. those contain the 200508 U.S.India nuclear contract; the first-ever boundary-related contract among India and China; India's selection to not use overt strength opposed to Pakistan in keeping with the 2008 terrorist assaults in Mumbai; the 2009 defeat of the Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka; and India's disavowal of the first-use of nuclear guns. Menon examines what those offerings show approximately India's strategic tradition and decisionmaking, its rules towards using strength, its long term objectives and priorities, and its destiny behavior.
Choices could be of curiosity to an individual trying to find solutions to questions about how one of many world's nice, emerging powers makes its judgements at the global degree, and the tough offerings that usually needed to be made.
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