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India’s Strategic Challenges

Strategic Challenges: India in 2030 edited by Jayadeva Ranade, introduction by Vijay Gokhale, Gurugram: Harper Collins Publishers India, 2022; pp xxviii+306, `599.

The aim of this book is to provide a wide-angle lens view of Indias external security and strategic environment over the coming decade. Pakistan and China therefore figure prominently and deteriorating relations with bothPakistan since 2016 and China markedly since 2021are the obvious enough reason. But there is a larger framework to situate this trend and that includes the intensification of the United States (US)China contestation, a wider Chinese assertion throughout its continental and maritime hinterland and the deep security crisis in Europe on account of the conflict. Each of these affects Indias regional security interface.

Underpinning these external factors is Indias own specific situation. Vijay Gokhale, a former foreign secretary of India, notes in his fine introduction that our external postures have been well served by successive governments, which since 1998, have added the nuclear, American and maritime dimensions to the available toolkit. All of this has made our stated policy of multi alignment more viable. But it is on the domestic side that the situation is less sanguinewe failed to fully ride the wave of globalization and have not built a true partnership between the government and business. In tangible terms, this has meant less success than our peers in building a modern infrastructure and superior industrial base (and) .. unable to develop meaningful indigenous capacities in key defence technologies. Alongside this, our relations with neighbours remain hobbled because of our inability to find solutions to historical disputes, and also because of our limited inability to deliver on pledged assistance.

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Published On : 9th Mar, 2024

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