India’s Global Relations
India’s expanding global strategic relations during this period are dealt with in Chapter 5. It firstly examines how the nuclear tests forced India back into the international mainstream through a combination of pride, defiance, and increased status. The chapter then notes how it was this event that laid the basis for India’s mainstream re-integration, rising international profile, greater pro-western orientation and strategic convergence with the US. In turn, the chapter analyses the BJP’s emboldening of Indo-Israeli relations, the NDA’s more balanced relationship with West Asia and the enlargement of India’s strategic neighbourhood towards the Asia-Pacific through the Look East phase two policy. The chapter finishes with some conclusions on how the BJP-led NDA changed many of the perceptions of the international system that had underpinned Indian’s global relations. These changes were often down to their injection of realism, assertiveness, and substance into India’s security practice.
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