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"Continuity and Change : India's Foreign Policy"

I.K. GUJRAL

I.K. GUJRAL has been very closely associated with India's Foreign Policy.  The guidelines that he envisioned as imperative towards forging and maintaining cordial relations with neighbouring countries, are referred to as the Gujral Doctrine.  This book documents his tenure as Foreign Minister (1989-90) and Prime Minister (1997-98).  An attempt has been made to cull critical elements from a selection of speeches made during these two tenures, which were responsible for moulding his vision of India's Foreign Policy.  The book chronicles the evolution of a Foreign Policy, which was both Gandhian and Nehruvian in spirit.  It was founded on the firm belief that India had a pivotal role to play in establishing change in relations with neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, where long-standing disputes were resolved and a healthy bilateral dialogue was constituted by Mr. Gujral, are discussed and analysed in the book.  It also focusses on India's active involvement in the conception and growth of Institutions like the SAARC, SAPTA, SAFTA - associations which were constituted essentially to promote regional cooperation in the field of commerce, education, defence, energy etc. 

Significant developments in the international fora during that period, like the Post-Cold War scenario, its affect on the Non-Aligned Movement, the Kashmir crisis, nuclear proliferation and the Gulf crisis find a place in the book.  The book describes Mr. Gujral's efforts to uphold India's interest while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of regional groupings like the SAARC and international bodies like the United Nations in the face of these developments. 

India's refusal to submit to pressure tactics and its resolve to maintain its firm stand regarding the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty has been dealt with in the book.  On the other hand its decision to sign the Convention against  Biological Warfare exhibiting its enduring commitment towards building a safe and war-free world is also reviewed at length. 

Mr. Gujral's speeches serve as invaluable documents for a comprehensive understanding of India's Foreign Policy in a critical period of World History.  The book would not only greatly benefit scholars of international affairs but also the informed lay reader.

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Bio-Profile :
Mr. Inder Kr. Gujral

Bio-Profile :
Mrs. Shiela Gujral

Excerpts from the book "A Foreign Policy for India"

Selected Speeches

Latest Articles