Dr Happymon Jacob interviews Ambassador Shivshankar Menon (National Security Advisor to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) on his new book – India and Asian Geopolitics.
The book offers a sweeping survey of India’s strategic history as part of the larger Asian geopolitical narrative. He provides an intellectually stimulating account of India’s strategic situation and its sense of place in the world from Independence in 1947 to the present. He discusses the intellectual undercurrents of India’s grand strategy in different periods – from Nehruvian non-alignment to Indira Gandhi’s realpolitik and Narasimha Rao’s continuity and change.
Menon unpacks India’s present geopolitical predicament offers meaningful insights on China’s rise and its consequences for the international order. In the end, he highlights the need for India to have a grand strategic vision of its place in the world and to pursue its interests of domestic transformation through greater connection with the wider world.