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Still Under Nehru's Shadow? The Absence of Foreign Policy Frameworks in India

Still Under Nehru's Shadow? The Absence of Foreign Policy Frameworks in India India Review, vol. 8, no. 3, July–September, 2009, pp. 209–233 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN 1473-6489 print; 1557-3036 online DOI:10.1080/14736480903116750 FI 1 1 I In n 473 557 d d N i ia a R D - - R 648 303 e ev vi 9 6iew ew, Vol. 8, No. 3, jul 2009: pp. 0–0 Still Under Nehru’s Shadow? The Absence of Foreign Policy Frameworks in India A Inb dsie a R nce e of view Foreign Policy Frameworks PRATAP BHANU MEHTA Introduction This paper is rumination on a theme: How does India’s sense of itself shapes its foreign policy? A reflective piece on this theme might be doomed from the start: aligning a conception of national identity with foreign policy might be the equivalent of trying to explore the rela- tionship between an uncertain object and a moving target. Foreign policy and concomitant strategic thinking is so often the product of so many contradictory pulls and pressures. To discern a design in it may be more an act of retrospective reinterpretation than a description of actual intent. This is particularly true in the case of India, where the gap between aspiration and ability, and a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png India Review Taylor & Francis

Still Under Nehru's Shadow? The Absence of Foreign Policy Frameworks in India

India Review , Volume 8 (3): 25 – Aug 13, 2009
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India Review, vol. 8, no. 3, July–September, 2009, pp. 209–233 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN 1473-6489 print; 1557-3036 online DOI:10.1080/14736480903116750 FI 1 1 I In n 473 557 d d N i ia a R D - - R 648 303 e ev vi 9 6iew ew, Vol. 8, No. 3, jul 2009: pp. 0–0 Still Under Nehru’s Shadow? The Absence of Foreign Policy Frameworks in India A Inb dsie a R nce e of view Foreign Policy Frameworks PRATAP BHANU MEHTA Introduction This paper is rumination on a theme: How does India’s sense of itself shapes its foreign policy? A reflective piece on this theme might be doomed from the start: aligning a conception of national identity with foreign policy might be the equivalent of trying to explore the rela- tionship between an uncertain object and a moving target. Foreign policy and concomitant strategic thinking is so often the product of so many contradictory pulls and pressures. To discern a design in it may be more an act of retrospective reinterpretation than a description of actual intent. This is particularly true in the case of India, where the gap between aspiration and ability, and a

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