Shashi Tharoor: Pax Indica

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For most of our democratic existence At the time of me reading it the single largest opposition party BJP is now in overwhelming power and their pro Japan leaning is ite evident The current government is also notoriously right wing but ALSO aggressive in pursuing foreign investments so it will be interesting to see how much of what Tharoor has written holds p five years down the lineI confess I skimmed through the final few chapters which deal with the character of the MEA and what Tharoor believes should be its focus in the next few decades I found them weak compared to the first half of the book Ever since I read The Great Indian Novel I have been nshakingly admiring of the writer Shashi Tharoor That remains the most impactful book on modern India that I have ever read By merging the epic tale of the Mahabharata with modern Indian history Tharoor gave a truly incisive perspective on India and the people who wrote its destiny His love of Nehru and disdain for Indira Gandhi were perspectives that I adopted and till date have found no reason to change Th Book talks about India s foreign relations and how it shapes the stability and can bring prosperity to country Pax India Peaceful Stable India Dr Tharoor went to the whole length and breath of world map to explain his point The importance of friendly neighbors the need to maintain centuries old friendship and the vital need to maintain the Integrity was well emphasized The chapters of The hard challenges of soft power and public diplomacy and Multi alignment Towards a Grand Strategy for India in 21st Century holds major weight Though Lively and comprehensive enough it was hard to overlook the self praises and political orientation of Dr Tharoor A observation may be due to parallel reading of Challenge and Strategy Rethinking India s Foreign Policy by Rajiv SikriBut all in all this book is a nice read and Dr Tharoor s witty remarks here and there keep one fully entertained A disappointing book and not at all the book to start reading Tharoor with as I d done In all fairness to the author doing so can only do him injustice And Mr Tharoor deserves better He s an erudi Joe Nye aka Mr Soft Power in The Future of Power has argued that in today s information age it is the side with the better story that wins This book is Tharoor s conscious or nconscious attempt to ensure that India is the party with the better story of course to one s own eyes one always has the better story To Tharoor India is gentle and reasonable and completely justified in all its actions where they cant be justified they can be explained away with the excuse that a functioning democracy will take circuitous routes the elephant metaphor Thus the benign elephant dances with starry eyed smaller countries reluctantly peeping neighbors a very naughty dragon a ferocious but almost toothless opponen. Es how Indian diplomacy has become sprightlier since then and where it needs to focus in the world of the 21st century Explaining why foreign policy matters to an India focused on its own domestic transformation Tharoor surveys Indias major international relationships in detail evokes the countrys soft power and its global responsibilities analyses the workings of the Ministry of External Affairs Parliame.

The DNA has carried a slightly shorter version of my review of Shashi Tharoor s book Pax Indica Pax Romana or the Roman Peace is a Latin Term sed to describe the slightly over two hundred year period when the Roman Empire saw relative peace and prosperity It was a period when the Republic made way for the Emperor Augustus various warring factions within Rome were brought to heel the Empire was kept safe from invasion and the military expansion was kept to a minimum It was a time when Rome became the focal point of culture trade and influence and was the dominant power The term has been Black Bottom Stomp used for other Empires Pax Americana the period post the Second World War Pax Britannica the century leadingp to the First World War Pax Mongolica I read this book purely to experience Tharoor s famous exasperating farrago of distortions On that count I was not disappointed It could have been a real pain reading it without kindleAs for the content he touches a variety of incidents without ever delving deep into anything For someone who is not well versed with the diplomacy news it can seem meaningless At many points I found myself Geographies, Mobilities, and Rhythms over the Life-Course uestioning what was the point he was trying to make Other than India has improved but still needs to improve The last 3 chapters seemednnecessarily long and repetitive reading them reuired real patience On a whole I would not recommend this book to anybody An educational read I have been ignorant of India s policies and roles in the international arena barring a few newspaper articles once in a while but those in most of India s major publications are China obsessed these daysIt is refreshing to read about India s role in helping developing and emerging economies especially Africa and how we are pursuing inclusive growth in contrast with the policies pursued by some other major world powers Shashi Tharoor is sincere in his praise as well as criticism of India s foreign policies praise for our fairly successful non alignment inclusive growth democracy supportive policies largest single donor to the UN democracy development fund and criticism in the case of our MEA which is still is a reactive body that is even today fairly toothless and relies on the PMO for policy formulation Tempting Kate (Regency Quartet, uoting The MEA s decision making is like elephants making love It happens at a high level there is much bellowing and the results are not known for two yearsThe analysis of our bilateral relationships with Pakistan China USA Latin America Europe Russia Middle East South East Asia isite thorough as thorough as a non academic book can be Tharoor draws pon various examples to make his argument about how much of the world wants India to be the counter balance to China in the world economy and it is an agreeable opinionThis book was written in 2012 when Tharoor s parent party Congress was ruling in India one that has been in power. A definitive account of Indias international relations from an expert in the fieldIndian diplomacy a veteran told Shashi Tharoor many years ago is like the love making of an elephant it is conducted at a very high level accompanied by much bellowing and the results are not known for two years In this lively informative and insightful work the award winning author and parliamentarian brilliantly demonstrat.


T with a weapon that can t be sed some failed states and a big circus master with a big funny hat But all that is incidental because the elephant is gentle enough to be above reproach So who is the hero of the story I leave that to your guessing skillsOther than that this reads like a seuelupdate with even the metaphors not being spared to Malone s wonderful book with all the edges carefully shorn off and decorated in cheerful Diwali lightsThe second half of the book which takes a look at North Block and UN and their many idiosyncrasies arguing for and against continuing relevance is entertaining because Tharoor actually has original stuff to contribute here along with many anecdotes which are well worn but still funny And though the book s cover boasts that he tries to evolve a grand strategy which Malone had criticized India of lacking and Tharoor wants to prove exists inside of the folds it only delivers some passably good platitudesIn the end though I cannot forgive Tharoor the primary reason for me picking The New Goddess up this book was my irrepressible curiosity on how the author would justify such a presumptuous title And Tharoor never bothered to oblige except for a two line justification which only talks about a redefinition of what the pax ica latinization means in this new century Disappointing Yes But perhaps true too it gels well with Pinker s Angels 255 Shashi Tharoor is a genuinely gifted author but this book was written by Shashi Tharoor the politician Tharoor s ch Great introduction to India s foreign policy along with an insider s account of the workings of the Ministry of External Affairs and the United Nations The book needs some editing though Tharoor has a tendency towards repetitive platitudes but I guess such is the nature of diplomacy Pax Indica is largely about modern India and its relationships with various other countries as well as its role in multi lateral organizations Shashi Tharoor keeps stressing that in the 21st century foreign affairs directly impact domestic affairs and hence they are extremely important Tharoor has an excellent vocabulary which enables him to keep making the same arguments worded differently He is largely supportive of the UPA government and while referring to the flaws of India he is careful to distracts from the fact that his party has been in power for most of the last 60 years He does point out the flaws in Nehruvian ideology and Indira Gandhi but he words them extremely carefully Otherwise he is all praise for the UPA The book is extremely informative but for some reason editorial oversight most facts are repeated than once which is kind of Firedance (Aubrey Knight, underwhelming considering Tharoor s command over the language Also the writing is conceited at times But it is asnbiased as can be expected from an Indian politician and ite enlightening A worthwhile and mostly engaging read. Nt and public opinion on the shaping of policy and offers his thoughts on a contemporary new grand strategy for the nation arguing that India must move beyond non alignment to multi alignment His book offers a clear eyed vision of an India now ready to assume new global responsibility in the contemporary world Pax Indica is another substantial achievement from one of the finest Indian authors of our times.

Shashi Tharoor is a member of the Indian Parliament from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala He previously served as the United Nations Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information and as the Indian Minister of State for External AffairsHe is also a prolific author columnist journalist and a human rights advocateHe has served on the Board of Overseers of the Fle