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A Life in Diplomacy

 
Maharajakrishna Rasgotra (Author)
Synopsis

Former foreign secretary, Maharajakrishna Rasgotra joined India s external affairs ministry when Jawaharlal Nehru, Girija Shankar Bajpai, Sardar Patel were with a mix of pragmatism and hope creating the foreign policy of the newly independent nation. This was taking place as the Cold War slid into the subcontinent and complex relationships with India s neighbours China, Pakistan and Nepal were taking shape. Looking back on those crucial years with a discerning eye for the interplay of personalities Nehru, Krishna Menon, or S. Radhakrishnan, for instance Rasgotra assesses their influence on events and their impact on the evolution of Indian diplomacy. For over three decades Rasgotra s assignments took him to Nepal, Britain and France, among other countries, as well as twice to the United States. His tenure as foreign secretary covered a period of great change and A Life in Diplomacy provides a ringside view of the beginnings of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, the last years of the Cold War, the negotiations on the formation of SAARC, Mrs Gandhi s assassination and the Bhopal gas disaster. This is a compelling, authoritative account of a personal and professional journey; a reflective look at the leaders, events and forces that formed relations between India and the world over fifty years.

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About the author

Maharajakrishna Rasgotra

Maharajakrishna Rasgotra is Chairman of India's National Security Advisory Board and, concurrently, International Affairs Advisor at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. One of India's most distinguished diplomats, during his 40-year long career he was India's representative in several UN bodies, Deputy Ambassador in Washington DC and Ambassador of India in Morroco, Tunisia, the Netherlands, Nepal and France. His last diplomatic assignment was as India's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (1988-1990). Earlier, he was Foreign Secretary of India from 1982 to `985. He is an expert on international relations and global security issues.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Life in Diplomacy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 20.05.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780670088843
length xv+437p., 16 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; 24cm.
Subjects History