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Elite Perceptions in Foreign Policy: Role of Print Media in Influencing India-Pakistan Relations, 1989-1999

Smruti S. Pattanaik (Author) RCSS Policy Studies

The task of educating people on foreign-policy issues is largely performed by the elite. Although people in India and Pakistan have a keen interest in the furtherance of bilateral relations, various intricacies of the relations are not known to the masses. It is the elite who inform the masses regarding various issues and the existing challenges to their resolution. This prepares people to be more amenable to changing circumstances and appreciate solutions that strengthen peace in the region. In this context the English language newspapers role is crucial in making the views and opinions expressed accessible to a wider audience thereby generating well-informed opinions that act as crucial inputs in foreign policy making. The present study focuses on the entire gamut of Indo-Pak relations post 1989 based on the content analyses of five English language newspapers each from India and Pakistan. It reflects the trends in bilateral relationship and how elite in both the countries have prioritized various bilateral issues and discussed possible solutions on each issue.

It also reveals the parameter of mistrust and apprehensions within which opinions are conceived and articulated. What generates hope and optimism in the topsy-turvy path of Indo-Pak relations is the convergence of realization on both sides that war is not a solution and negotiation, however tedious, is the only path to peace and development. This study encapsulates that with every setback and pessimism there is a reinvigorating new dynamism in building peace and renewed attempts are tirelessly made to reach out to each other.

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About the author

Smruti S. Pattanaik

Smruti S. Pattanaik, PhD. is Research Fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Her area of specialization is security and foreign policy issues in South Asia with special focus on Indo-Pak security relations, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Her other areas of research include migration and refugees issues. Dr. Pattanaik has contributed to journals and books extensively in India and abroad. She is currently a recipient of the Asia Fellowship 2003 and is researching on ‘State Formation in South Asia: Role of Identity and Nationalism in the Making of Pakistan and Bangladesh’. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of International Relations, Dhaka University, Dhaka, and is also attached to Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad as a Visiting Research Fellow for conducting research on the above-mentioned topic.

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Bibliographic information

Title Elite Perceptions in Foreign Policy: Role of Print Media in Influencing India-Pakistan Relations, 1989-1999
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173045771, 9788173045776
length 191p., Tables; Bibliography; 22cm.