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The Asian side of the world - II

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Jean-François Sabouret

Part One. Regional dynamics and globalization

Does India have a strategic doctrine for the 21st century?

Basudeb Chaudhuri

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July 2012

In this period of international economic crises and uncertainty, India’s place among the emerging powers is not in question, in spite of some recent blips in its growth rate and the slow pace of its economic reforms. When some Indian leaders were recently asked about the central tenets of an Indian strategic doctrine in the economic, geostrategic and military spheres, they replied that India preferred to lead by example rather than outlining some grand ideological vision of the world with universalist pretensions, as has often been done by the great powers in history.

Two recent publications1, however, bring together some well-known experts from the think-tank milieu in India, and several of them are sufficiently close to the corridors of power in New Delhi for this publication to merit close attention. It presents what could be blueprints or alternative scenarios for an overall Indian strategic doctrine in the coming decades to buttress India’s search for power status. The ...

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