I have good reasons — both personal and professional — for doing so. Raj and I have known each other for more than four decades; I am possibly his oldest acquaintance in this room. We have studied and debated together and represent the JNU generation that first impacted on this city. Some of you may not know that we even initially wrote together. Our shared journey moved comfortably from our university days into our professional lives. As in the case of our subject today, images usually have their basis in reality.

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And these new features, as the title suggests, display the same chutzpah that history witnessed when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon in 49 B. Vajpayee with US President Bush left First, there was a move away from the national consensus on building a socialist society to a new agreement on constructing a capitalist order. The second dramatic shift, not surprisingly, was the fresh emphasis on economics. The shedding of Third Worldism and the assertion of national self-interest was the third major change.

It was a "return to the West". Finally, of course, was the real tectonic shift that forms the central basis for Crossing the Rubicon: the movement from idealism to pragmatism. India had to shed its ideological baggage and move from its past emphasis on the "power of argument" to a new stress on the "argument of power". On that score, Mohan is more guarded. He recognises the challenges from within, which he presents as the struggle for the soul of India, symbolised by the "war of ideas" between N.

Narayana Murthy of Infosys and K. Sudershan of the RSS. And, of course, it is quite clear whose side Mohan will take in this battle. Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app.


Crossing the Rubicon : the shaping of India's new foreign policy

This book was published in and covers the foreign policy maneuverings post the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Pokhran nuclear tests. The decade of s set the template for foreign policy which is being followed now. The following are the 3 significant chapters in the book. The first chapter deals with the great gamble of conducting Nuclear tests may


Book review: C. Raja Mohan's 'Crossing the Rubicon'

Gubar Shubhi marked it as to-read Aug 27, Nikita marked it as to-read May 23, Dharmendra Kumar marked it as to-read Jul 29, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The first chapter deals with the great gamble of conducting Nuclear tests may To ask other readers questions about Crossing the Rubiconplease sign up. Oct 28, Sukumar Honkote rated it really liked it. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Whether they agree or disagree with its argument, all who read this book will benefit from its skillfully reasoned presentation.


Crossing the Rubicon: The Shaping of India's New Foreign Policy


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