India’s Foreign Relations 2013 – Volume 12 Edited by Avtar Singh Bhasin.
Book – India’s Foreign Relations 2013 – Vol. 12
Author- Introduced & Edited by Avtar Singh Bhasin,
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This is the 12th volume in a series on India’s foreign Relations, published annually in cooperation with the Public Diplomacy / External Publicity Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department which Introduced & Edited by Avtar Singh Bhasin . It is a storehouse of documents dependent on India’s foreign relations during the course of a given year.
The volumes for the years 2002, 2003 and 2004 were produced in the print format only. From 2005 until 2011, the printed book in addition had a CD. In course of time it was found that the printed version was a handicap in its expeditious despatch to the Indian missions located all over the world. Apart from the time, the cost of printing and air freighting had become prohibitive. The e-book format has helped in eliminating the paper and printing costs altogether. The electronic format is easily the most expeditious to despatch, with little cost on freight, besides being a greener option. Taking all the factors into consideration, since 2012 it is now being produced in the electronic format only. This is also easier for scholars to consult and is in keeping with the latest trends in book production. Instant communications have injected new dimensions to the very nature of foreign relations. It is not that only the world has become globalised, its problems too have become globalised needing cooperation on a wider scale to find solutions to them. There is a paradigm shift in formulation of foreign policy and its bandwidth. Foreign relations and specific issues of policy are now subjected to greater debate and discussion both at the executive and academic levels. The academia and Think Tanks play an equally important role in policy formulations.
The information explosion with the extensive use of information technology and consequent dissemination of foreign policy related information through the electronic media and the proliferation of newspapers and other sources of information have made the aam adami aware of what goes on in the world and how his life is impacted by events in the global village. He wants to be informed how the foreign policy initiatives of the government would make his life better. He wants to be heard too. The government today cannot take decisions behind closed doors and expect the people to back them too. This is an onerous task that the diplomatic community and the democratic and responsive governments have to contend with.
India with a population of over 1.2 billion and an emerging economy has been recognised as one of the few countries whose views are heard in the councils of the world. The subjects which until some years ago were not part of the foreign policy discourse, like, nuclear and thermal energy, climate change, terrorism, financial and monetary matters, trade and investment, science and technology, water resources etc., are in the recent years routinely discussed both at the bilateral level and at the inter and intra regional gatherings and multilateral conferences. India today is a member of a large number of such organisations, like, G-20, BRICS, IBSA, EU, ASEM, IOR, ASEAN and EAS, CICA, SAARC, NAM, and many more. No international gathering today is complete without the Indian presence. In finding solutions to international problems, India’s input is valued. Hence the study of Indian policies and the manner of their implementation become relevant to both the diplomatic community and the think tanks within India and abroad. The availability of its documents in a comprehensive and easily accessible format, as in the present series has become, critical in this respect.
The arrangement of documents in the electronic book follows the same pattern set earlier in the printed volumes. The documents have been arranged thematically and region-wise and arranged chronologically. Those documents which do not fall in any particular category or deal with multiple subjects or more than two countries have been placed in the General list. It may be added in parenthesis that documents presented here are not exclusively those of the Ministry of External Affairs but of all the ministries and departments of the Government of India which contribute in the conduct of its foreign relations. In selecting the documents that have gone into the making of this compendium or in adding footnotes or for the introduction, I have been guided by the experience gained during the three-decade of my service with the Ministry of External Affairs in various capacities.
The experience gained in the production of the earlier volumes in this series too has been of great help to write to writer. If, however, still some deficiencies or shortcomings are noted in the book. That the writer hold himself entirely responsible.
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