Indian Cultural Diplomacy: Celebrating Pluralism In A Globalised World by Paramjit Sahay

Indian Cultural Diplomacy: Celebrating Pluralism In A Globalised World

byParamjit Sahay

Hardcover | May 7, 2019

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The Book is a window on Indian cultural diplomacy, which is set against the backdrop of its ethos of ''Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'' (The World is a Family). It is pivoted to the ''Idea of India'' that gets manifested through acceptance of diversity and celebration of pluralism.The Book in 15 chapters under 8 sections provides a comprehensive picture on the concept of cultural diplomacy; its relationship with public diplomacy and soft power; its place in the diplomatic architecture and its growing centrality. Unlike soft power, cultural diplomacy is not in the paradigm of power.The Book also provides an in depth study on the origins and evolution of Indian cultural diplomacy over the years. It reviews the role of the Ministries of Culture and External Affairs and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). It examines various instrumentalities, such as Cultural Agreements, Festivals of India, Cultural Centres and Chairs of Indian Studies, used by India, to achieve its objectives.The role played by Education, Media and Diaspora, as bridge builders is evaluated. The Book peeps into global cultural hubs, like the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the working of cultural diplomacy at grassroots level at Chandigarh and Chicago.Two chapters in the Book look at the operation of cultural diplomacy in the Indian diplomatic missions and foreign diplomatic missions in India. This adds a practical dimension to the conceptual framework, as seen by practitioners of diplomacy.The final chapter provides an overview on the existing reality. A section on ''The Way Ahead'' makes a number of practical recommendations in five clusters, to take cultural diplomacy to a higher plateau. Finally, it raises a set of pertinent issues and points for consideration by theoreticians and practitioners of cultural diplomacy. The Book would serve as a useful reference point for further studies, as it fills the existing void in the literature on cultural diplomacy.
Ambassador Paramjit (Pummy) Sahai served in the Indian Foreign Service (1963 - 2000). During 37 years of diplomatic service, he was posted to different world capitals, such as Moscow, Washington DC, Singapore, Lusaka, Lilongwe, Aden, Stockholm and Kuala Lumpur. He served as Minister (Commerce) and Director General, Supplies at Washing...
Title:Indian Cultural Diplomacy: Celebrating Pluralism In A Globalised WorldFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:594 pages, 9.16 X 6.28 X 1.65 inShipping dimensions:594 pages, 9.16 X 6.28 X 1.65 inPublished:May 7, 2019Publisher:Vij Books IndiaLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgements Introduction Section - I Understanding Indian Cultural Diplomacy in a Globalised WorldChapter - 1 Cultural Diplomacy in a Globalised WorldChapter - II India''s Cultural Diplomacy - An OverviewSection - II Framework, Structures and Instrumentalities of Indian Cultural DiplomacyChapter - III Ministry of Culture''s Role in Cultural DiplomacyChapter - IV ICCR and its Instrumentalities Section - III Role of Other Cultural Bodies and Direction of Indian Cultural DiplomacyChapter - V Role of Other Cultural BodiesChapter - VI Direction of India''s Cultural Diplomacy- Case Study on Central Asia and Southeast Asia Section - IV Vehicles of Cultural DiplomacyChapter - VII Education as a Vehicle of Cultural DiplomacyChapter - VIII Primary Vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy Section - V Diaspora and Media as Connectivity BridgesChapter - IX Diaspora: Strategic Asset on Foreign PolicyChapter - X Media and Foreign Policy in a Globalised World Section - VI Cultural Diplomacy at Global and Grassroots LevelChapter - XI Smithsonian Institution: A Global Cultural Hub and IndiaChapter - XII Cultural Diplomacy at the Grassroots Level: Case Study of Chandigarh and Chicago Section - VII Culture Diplomacy Operations at Diplomatic Missions-Indian and ForeignChapter - XIII Cultural Diplomacy Scenario: Indian Diplomatic Missions AbroadChapter - XIV Conduct of Cultural Diplomacy: Foreign Diplomatic Missions in India Section - VIII Concluding ChapterChapter - XV Concluding Observations and The Way AheadBibliographyIndex