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The reluctant hegemon: India's self-perception and the South Asian strategic environment

The reluctant hegemon: India's self-perception and the South Asian strategic environment This article argues that the hiatus between India's self-perception as a status quo power and its perception by the neighbouring states as a regional bully is a main cause of stalemate in the South Asian security environment. This main argument is analysed in terms of the appurtenances of Indian power, the pronouncements of its statesmen, the perception of its voters and strategists, and the institutional arrangement of its security apparatus. Greater cohesion in the country's strategic perception will enhance the transformation of India's potential strength into an effective role in South Asian security. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary South Asia Taylor & Francis

The reluctant hegemon: India's self-perception and the South Asian strategic environment

Contemporary South Asia , Volume 12 (3): 19 – Sep 1, 2003
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Taylor & Francis
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1469-364X
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0958-4935
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10.1080/0958493032000175914
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Abstract

This article argues that the hiatus between India's self-perception as a status quo power and its perception by the neighbouring states as a regional bully is a main cause of stalemate in the South Asian security environment. This main argument is analysed in terms of the appurtenances of Indian power, the pronouncements of its statesmen, the perception of its voters and strategists, and the institutional arrangement of its security apparatus. Greater cohesion in the country's strategic perception will enhance the transformation of India's potential strength into an effective role in South Asian security.

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Contemporary South AsiaTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2003

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