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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199552029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199552023
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,981,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderfully illuminating book on India's relations with the world informed both by remarkable expertise on diplomacy and foreign relations and by carefully acquired intimate knowledge of a very complex country. The book will enlighten not only Indians involved in public discussion and policymaking but also people across the world interested in an ancient land undergoing extraordinarily rapid transformation." --Amartya Sen

"With the analytical mind of a scholar and the perceptive eye of an experienced diplomat, David Malone ranges across history, geography, economics and strategy to provide a treatment of Indian foreign policy which is both lucid and profound." --Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, former Deputy Secretary of State of the USA, and author of Engaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy, and the Bomb

"David Malone has written an impressively thorough and deeply insightful analysis of how a previously inward-looking India is now reaching out to the world. Comprehensive in scope, examining major themes and regions, it shrewdly brings history and economics to bear on our understanding of foreign policy. The work of a hugely skilled scholar-practitioner, this book is mandatory reading for diplomats and journalists, and for teachers and students in the social sciences. I would strongly recommend it to ambitious politicians and concerned citizens as well." --Ramachandra Guha, Historian, Author of India After Gandhi

"By daring to walk through Delhi's Tower of Babel, David Malone has produced a rewarding work on the sources and conduct of India's contemporary international relations. The capacity to differentiate between the 'signal' and the 'noise' in Delhi's rambunctious discourse and a deep empathy for India's aspirations allow Malone to excavate the obscure riches of India's new regional and global engagement. Undeterred by Delhi' self-referential discourse and unfettered from the Western preconceptions, Malone offers the most insightful guide yet to judging what kind of a power a rising India might become." --C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and Contributing Editor of The Indian Express, New Delhi, author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Shaping of India's New Foreign Policy

"iDoes the Elephant Dance?r is the best book yet on recent Indian foreign policy. It will be required reading for anyone wanting to make sense of the great transitions underway in India's engagement with the world." --The Times of India

"The book's comprehensive approach makes it a must for all those interested in India and South Asia." --India Today

About the Author

David M. Malone is President of the International Development Research Centre. He was Canada's High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal from 2006 to 2008. He has published extensively on peace and security issues, in book form and in journals. His books include The Law and Practice of the United Nations (OUP 2008) and The International Struggle Over Iraq (OUP 2006).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Akhilesh Pillalamarri on November 25, 2011
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I found about about this book because it got a good review in the Economist magazine. The book lives up to expectations. Mr. Malone has put together a well-researched, objective study of Indian foreign policy derived from both personal experience, scholarly sources, and association with diplomats, politicians, and journalists. As a student of Indian foreign policy, I know that there is not much concise, yet thorough material on Indian foreign policy, which is often lost in obscure journals; Indian foreign policy also takes a back seat to Chinese foreign policy among many experts in Asian international affairs. This is the best, readable introduction to this very interesting and important topic.
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Malone brings us a fresh, well grounded view on Indian foreign policy, its society, with a careful look at the historic background since independence which shaped the way how Indians perceive the world, and how it interacts with its neighbourhood and strategic partners.

His optimistic general standpoint throughout the book doesn't seem far-fetched, but coming from someone who really knows the subject, having lived in India and acquainted himself with some of the most prestigious India experts and Indians. He shares a strong belief that India will be prompted, with increased frequency, to take positions on world issues - positions it can behold with self assertiveness, rooted on recent economic successes and a millenary culture, a varied, alien, complex culture, as it is.
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