Book Name:- Choices: Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy
Book Author:- Shivshankar Menon
Shivshankar Menon gives an insider’s account of the discussions, negotiations, and assessments that went into the making of 5 pivotal choices in India’s recent history. These include the decision not to use overt military force against Pakistan after 26/11, the border agreement with China; the civil nuclear deal with the United States; the response to the last months of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war and the thinking that underlay India’s No First Use nuclear policy.
Drawing on his long and distinguished career as a diplomat holding critical positions in India’s external affairs ministry and in the prime minister’s office, Menon considers each situation against the backdrop of India’s evolving definition of her place in the changing global landscape. He brings out the politics, history, and principles involved while dissecting and examining the reasons for the outcome.
Analytical, illuminating, and lucid Choices is an unmatched insight into the intellectual heft of foreign policy decision-making by one of India’s most formidable diplomatic practitioners who was actively engaged in these five defining moments.