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The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism

Deep K. Datta-Ray


This book Indian diplomacy overturns much of the accepted wisdom about India’s Ministry of External Affairs being simply a derivative of European colonial models, in the process shedding new light on the nature of the Indian state. The book argues on the basis of observed practices, and informal interactions and interviews with ministers and diplomats, that the core of Indian diplomatic practice is to be found in the national epic, the Mahabharata, whose influence he traces from pre-Mughal times to the present. Moreover, the durability of the Mahabharata’s influence on Indian diplomacy was sec ... More

Keywords: diplomacy, India, Nehru, Mahabharata, Ministry of External Affairs, Gandhi, Satyagraha, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190206673
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190206673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deep K. Datta-Ray, author