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- ISBN: 9780415665681 | 041566568X
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 12/12/2011
This book spans the last sixty years of Indian foreign policy from 1947 to 2008, and focuses on major moments of crisis such as the India-China war in 1962, the conducting of nuclear tests by the Hindu nationalist-led government in 1998 as well as significant periods of change, such as the improvement in India's relations with the United States in the last four years. These events are analysed within a framework that takes a critical approach to International Relations by arguing that India's foreign and security policies should be seen as representational practices that help to secure India's self-identity as a postcolonial nation-state. The argument is made that a prominent facet of India's self-identity is that of a civilizational-state that brings to international affairs a tradition of morality and ethical conduct that derives from its civilizational heritage and the legacy of its anti-colonial struggle.