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Indian Identity Narratives and the Politics of Security
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Indian Identity Narratives and the Politics of Security

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October 2010 | 332 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book examines the role of identity in the context of international relations and national policies. It analyses national identity conceptions and state behaviour, examining whether identities (seen in terms of self/other relations) constitute a crucial element of state interest, both in terms of end goals and strategies. Primarily, it discusses the effects of secular and religious-cultural discourses of identity on domestic and foreign affairs in the context of India.

The book focuses on events from 1990 to 2003 and seeks to unravel how narratives of self and other influence the engagement of the Indian state in Jammu and Kashmir, and with Pakistan and China. In this process, it reveals several surprising insights along with the challenges that confront the country.

Prologue  
Identity and the Politics of Security  
National Identity Narratives in India: Religious-cultural and secular  
National Identity Narratives and the Politics of Securing Jammu and Kashmir  
Pakistan: Significant Patterns in Relations with the Most Important External 'Other'  
Relations with China: 'Hindi Chini Bhai-Bhai'?  
Conclusion: Identity Matters, But …  
Bibliography  
Index  

This study on the making of foreign policy is both ground-breaking and thought-provoking… the study focuses on some very vital areas in India’s contemporary foreign policy formulation and practice and should be of paramount interest to policy and decision-makers everywhere, besides recommending itself as compulsory reading to the student of IR as well as to knowledge-hungry laymen….This book could be described as raising very relevant issues which could expand the frontiers of foreign policy thinking. It is a most timely contribution to the study of foreign policy.

The Island Online

The study contributes to our understanding of the relationship between Indian identity and foreign security policy. The book is meant for the elite experts of international relations and comparative political analysis.

The Tribune

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ISBN: 9788132105213
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