Two highly regarded scholars come together to examine India's relationship with the world's major powers and its own search for a significant role in the international system. Central to the argument is Indiaas belief that the acquisition of an independent nuclear capability is key to obtaining such status. The book details the major constraints at the international, domestic and perceptual levels that India has faced in this endeavor. It concludes, through a detailed comparison of India's power capabilities, that India is indeed a rising power, but that significant systemic and domestic changes will be necessary before it can achieve its goal. The book examines the prospects and implications of India's integration into the major-power system in the twenty-first century. Given recent developments, the book is extremely timely. Its incisive analysis will be illuminating for students, policy makers, and for anyone wishing to understand the region in greater depth.
"This work will be especially interesting to those who have attempted to "categorize" and "explain" Indian behavior on nuclear issues and on the nonproliferation regime and have found the traditional theoretical divides unsatisfactory." - Seema Gahlaut, University of Georgia
Baldev Raj Nayar is currently Emeritus Professor of Political Science at McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of over a dozen scholarly books dealing with international relations, political economy, comparative politics and South Asia.
T.V. Paul is Professor of Political Science at McGill University. He also serves as the Director of the University of Montreal-McGill Research Group in International Security (REGIS). His publications include International Order and the Future of World Politics (with John A. Hall, 1999) and the Absolute Weapon Revisited: Nuclear Arms and the Emerging International Order (1998).
1. Introduction: India and its search for a major power role; 2. Major power status in the modern world: India in comparative perspective; 3. The constraints on India: international and domestic; 4. India's quest for a major power role under Nehru: the formative grand strategy of a new state, 1947–1964; 5. Strategy in hard times: the long march to building capabilities after Nehru, 1964–1990; 6. After the Cold War: adaptation, persistence, and assertion, 1991–2001; 7. Conclusions: India and the emerging international order.