In “Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century,” Shashi Tharoor, an Indian politician, diplomat, and author, examines India’s past, present, and future as a global player. Tharoor draws on his experience as a former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and a member of the Indian Parliament to provide insights into India’s foreign policy challenges and opportunities.
The book addresses several key issues, including India’s historical relationships with major powers, its regional dynamics, its aspirations for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, and its economic and trade relationships with other nations. Tharoor also explores India’s soft power and cultural influence in the world, including its vibrant film industry, literature, and cuisine.
Through his analysis, Tharoor seeks to highlight India’s potential as a major global player and advocate for a more assertive and influential Indian foreign policy. He reflects on the country’s rich history, diverse culture, and democratic values, suggesting that these elements can contribute to shaping a peaceful and prosperous world order.
“Pax Indica” offers readers a comprehensive and insightful perspective on India’s foreign policy in the 21st century. Tharoor’s writing style is engaging and accessible, making the book accessible to both experts and general readers interested in international relations and India’s role on the global stage.