By Kanti Bajpai, Saira Basit, V. Krishnappa

As India prepares to take its position in shaping the process an ‘Asian century’, there are expanding debates approximately its ‘grand technique’ and its function in a destiny international order. This well timed and topical e-book provides various old and modern interpretations and case reports at the subject. Drawing upon wealthy and various narratives that experience trained India’s strategic discourse, safety and international coverage, it charts a brand new schedule for strategic considering on postcolonial India from a non-Western point of view. finished and insightful, the paintings will end up necessary to these in defence and strategic experiences, international coverage, political technology, and smooth Indian heritage. it's going to additionally curiosity policy-makers, think-tanks and diplomats.

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We highlight the following conclusions. 26  Kanti Bajpai, Saira Basit and V. Krishnappa First of all, India has a rich heritage to draw on in conceptualising grand strategy. The essays by Rajagopalan, Vivekanandan and Raghavan introduce us to that heritage and give us some glimpses into the resources of the past. Clearly, though, there is much more to do in respect of unearthing the past and tracing through its links to the present. Second, contrary to the rather gloomy view that India is absent grand strategic thinking, we would contend that there is a lively milieu.

See Richard K. ’, World Politics, 50, 1 (1997), p. 9 (pp. 7–33). , Security and South Asia: Ideas, Institutions and Initiatives (New Delhi: Routledge, 2006), pp. 24–53. Also, see Swarna Rajagopalan, ‘Reconciliation in the Indian Epics’, Peace Prints, South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, 1, 1 (Spring 2008). pdf, accessed on May 16, 2012. 34  Swarna Rajagopalan communicate across the globe existed then as well because the epics were predicated on a bounded universe, but technology has enabled that today and in some ways our world is as small or as large as that of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Four of these are associated with particularly happy or humiliating moments in their lives (Kushasthala, Vrikasthala, Makandi and Varanavata); they are not contiguous or necessarily important places. The choice of the fifth is left to the Kauravas. It is the recognition of the Pandavas’ birthright and punishment for the Kauravas’ wrongdoing that is at the heart of the war (KMG 2, Udyoga 31: 55–56). In the Ramayana, there are many moments when the story of a particular land is narrated. But land, identity and polity are seldom closely identified, except, perhaps, in the Uttarakandam story of Lanka being created especially for rakshasas to live in.

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