The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism by Deep Datta-RayThe Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism by Deep Datta-Ray

The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism

byDeep Datta-Ray

Hardcover | May 29, 2015

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Diplomacy is conventionally understood as an authentic European invention which was internationalised during colonialism. For Indians, the moment of colonial liberation was a false dawn because the colonised had internalised a European logic and performed European practices. Implicit in such areading is the enduring centrality of Europe to understanding Indian diplomacy. This Eurocentric discourse renders two possibilities impossible: that diplomacy may have Indian origins and that they offer un-theorised potentialities. Abandoning this Eurocentric model of diplomacy, Deep Datta-Ray recognises the legitimacy of independent Indian diplomacy and brings new practices He creates a conceptual space for Indian diplomacy to exist, forefronting civilisational analysis and its focus on continuities, but refraining fromdevaluing transformational change.
Deep Datta-Ray is a leader writer and foreign policy analyst with the Times of India, New Delhi.
Title:The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of EurocentrismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:May 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

TransliterationGlossaryAbbreviationsIntroductionPlan1. Delusive UtopiaModern diplomacyReflexivity and civilizationCivilized genealogyConclusions2. Irrepressible PresentManaging the MEAThe structure-of-structuresThe diplomatic presentStatus anxietyHow on earth did you get out?The jugar of negotiating the cosmosMobility's aim: progressUnspectacular sufferingNothing makes sense in this countryConclusions3. Theorizing the UncontainableToday's kit: the MahabharataManaging the textApplication: the Mahabharata dharmaThe practice of diplomacy in the MahabharataConclusions4. Inverted HistoryThe rationale for diplomacy in the Indo-Mughal EmpireThe coming of authentic, modern, European diplomacyConclusions5. Death of diplomacyDiplomacy-as-battleBattle practicesThe victory of battle-diplomacyConclusions6. Diplomacy RebornGandhi's engagement with dharmaGandhi's art-of-politicsNehru: The principled GandhianThe diplomatic apparatusSatyagraha in practice: Pakistan and ChinaConclusions7. Violence of IgnoranceAnalytical violenceEnclosing the atom: satyagrahaThe status of statusThe friability of artConclusions: In the Shadow of Power PoliticsIntellectualizing the RamarajyaNotesBibliographyIndex

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"The strength of the book is its in-depth discussion of the complexities of a major Third World foreign ministry outside the 'Western triad of anarchy-modernity-civilization'. . . what sets it apart from most other studies is the way in which the voices of Indian Foreign Service officersinterviewed as part of the author's research bring the discussion to life. . . A rich, subtle and instructive study." --William Maley, Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Australian National University