Genre : Non Fiction/International Relations
Author : Frederic Grare
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India turns East book written by Frederic Grare is a wonderful book on India’s LEP (Look east policy). There are few books that discusses so widely about the intricacies of LEP of India.
Author has divided the book into 4 parts and 8 chapters with separate conclusion in the end. This book has discussed separately about what forced India to look east, how it approached East after the cold war and how East responded to India’s engagement with it. Position of India with different countries has been elaborated under which how different countries especially in SE Asia concluded its relations with India. There were ambivalence in posturing of many countries. India’s approach towards Myanmar in case of SE Asia has been discussed to a great lengths as this country is only geographically contiguous to India among SE Asian countries. Countries concerning East especially Australia and Japan are specially mentioned by author as these were the countries who were under US security umbrella and were not inclined to pursue with India until end of Cold War. How these 2 countries got inclined towards India not only diplomatically but also economically and security wise has been discussed.
Author believes that India is caught in between the race of US and China over the dominance of Asian region.India tries to balance its relation as it needs both but cannot depend on either of them.Thus one finds book covering all angles and aspects of India’s foreign policy regarding turning its attention towards East.For me only flaw in this book is that author didn’t use much examples in the book to justify many of its theories and points. Overall this book is worth to read for gaining some insights into India’s journey towards East.
Review by Sahil Saklany