Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781529204629 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781529204605 Published October 2019 For sale in North and South America only

Modi and the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy

Ian Hall

Modi and the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy

Ian Hall

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781529204629 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781529204605 Published October 2019 For sale in North and South America only
In the campaign that led to his landslide victory in India’s 2014 general election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi scarcely mentioned his foreign policy ideas. Once in power, however, Modi moved rapidly to boost India’s reputation as a significant actor in global affairs and to assert his leadership with a frenetic bout of personal diplomacy. In this book, Ian Hall reveals the major changes made by Modi’s government, from strengthening relations with other South Asian states in addition to the United States, Israel, and Japan to taking stronger action against Pakistani-sponsored militancy and adopting a more robust stance towards China. Hall examines how Modi and his supporters have also tried to supply new intellectual underpinnings for Indian foreign policy, aiming to change how the world sees India. He compares Modi’s attempted reinvention with the postcolonial policy of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, tracing the evolution of Hindu nationalist thinking on international relations and locating Modi’s thought within that tradition.
Review Quotes
Foreign Affairs
"Hall offers a lucid account of Indian foreign policy since 2014."
Choice
"Hall persuasively argues that Modi’s innovative policies successfully highlighted his personal prestige and raised cultural pride among Indian Hindu voters and members of the Indian diaspora. . . . As Hall skillfully demonstrates, India has not achieved hard-power military dominance within the Indian Ocean region or beyond, particularly in contrast to China."
International Affairs
"Catalogs Modi’s foreign policy discourse and practice throughout his leadership, skillfully juxtaposing them with a concise historical overview of India’s longer-range foreign policy trajectory…It will earn a place on many reading lists and opens a window on a now unavoidable research agenda.’’
Business Standard
‘’Hall’s well-researched and highly readable book will stimulate debate on Modi’s foreign policy.’’
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