Book Review: Journey of a Nation: 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy by Madhav Das Nalapat

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Book Title: Journey of a Nation: 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy

Author: Madhav Das Nalapat

Published By: Rupa Publications

No. of pages: 184

Book Review:

Journey of a Nation: 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy by Madhav Das Nalapat
Journey of a Nation: 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy by Madhav Das Nalapat

Madhav Das Nalapat, son of poet Kamala Das, and a member of a family of eminent writers, poets, and journalists, is India’s first professor of geopolitics and chairs the UNESCO Peace Chair,  Manipal University. He has authored nine books and contributed to the Asian Wall Street Journal, The Diplomat, The Beijing Review, Japan Forward, Taipei Times, CNN, and numerous other media platforms in India and abroad.

The book, Journey of a Nation: 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy by Madhav Das Nalapat published by Rupa Publications, as India celebrates 75 years of independence, gives the readers a comprehensive study of Indian foreign policy. The book is divided into 8 chapters, each addressing in detail the complexities of foreign policy and diplomacy of the major powers.

Further, the book traces past decisions and errors that have impacted the nation and its relations with neighbors and global superpowers. The book also describes a framework for foreign policy rooted in combination with the present-day realities, long-term trends, flexibility, and pliability. This framework also discusses strategies to overcome and fight geopolitical storms and setbacks.

One comment I would like to make on the book is that it is overly critical of Nehru and his policy framework and in favor of and not critical of the faulty decisions on certain establishments by the present and past Governments ( especially the BJP party-led ones ).

The book, Journey of a Nation: 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy by Madhav Das Nalapat is written in an easily accessible language.

With engaging details and information, the book can be picked up by readers interested in world politics and economy, foreign policies, and their effects on the relations between all tier nations!

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