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Shashi Tharoor (F76) Offers "Overdue Re-look" at Indian Foreign Policy in New Book 'Pax Indica' (Reviews)


Shashi Tharoor, one of Fletcher's illustrious alumni, has released his much-awaited book titled "Pax Indica." In Mr. Tharoor's words, the book outlines how "as a major power India can and must play a role in helping shape the global order." It has already set policy circles in New Delhi and Washington abuzz with excitement. The following are excerpts of the media coverage around the release from India's prominent news outlets:

The Hindu

Pax Indica's valuable contribution to the debate on India’s foreign policy is that it charts the growth of the country as a regional hegemon. Princeton’s G. John Ikenberry has identified the “hub-and-spoke” multilateral network that the United States created after World War II, which allowed it to guide the liberal, international order and reap its benefits simultaneously. Shashi Tharoor advocates a similar approach to India’s neighbourhood — India’s prosperity is intrinsically linked to the well-being of those nations with whom we share borders. (Read more)

Tehelka Magazine

Shashi Tharoor’s schedule in the days before the launch of his latest book, a globe-hopping treatise on Indian diplomacy, is a reflection of his worldly preoccupations. He is the sort of interview subject who emails regrets from Bilbao, but promises to find time a day or two later from Dubai.

We are discussing Pax Indica, which alongside the biography of Nehru, the trenchant critical study of Indira Gandhi’s foreign policy, and India: From Midnight to the Millennium, let alone the fiction or the essay collections, is part of a significant body of work; though set alongside a career in the United Nations that stopped just short of secretary general and a stint as Minister of State for External Affairs, and his current role in Parliament, Tharoor’s literary productivity becomes wondrous. (Read more)


After staying away from the spotlight for a while, diplomat-politician Shashi Tharoor is back with his new book Pax Indica. It is, according to him, an overdue relook at the Indian foreign policy. Tharoor also offers his thoughts on a new strategy—moving away from India’s traditional foreign policy plank of non-alignment to “multi-alignment”. (Read more)

Hindustan Times

If there’s anyone who can write with authority on India’s place in the world it is Shashi Tharoor, the former United Nations diplomat and present MP from Thiruvananthapuram. In his eighth non-fiction book, Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century, he brings the spotlight on the country’s place in the new world order. The author speaks to Sonakshi Babbar about how we can prevent another 26/11, India’s current economic situation and more. (Read more)

CNN-IBN.com (Q & A Session with Shashi Tharoor)

Q. Hello Sir, you did your Ph.D. on India's foreign policy at The Fletcher School. How much of that research and your days at Fletcher have helped conceive this book? As a student, I want to ask you how has the coursework for your degree at Fletcher been useful in writing the book?

A. Not specifically my coursework, but my doctoral thesis was on Indian foreign policy-making in Mrs. Indira Gandhi's first government (1966-77), and that certainly was a most useful background to this book. It was published under the title "Reasons of State" in 1981. (Read more)

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