Our Time Has Come How India is Making Its Place in the World
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- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 09/01/2017
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Yet India has not entirely abandoned its past policies. It remains protectionist in comparison to many other emerging economies and has not fully abandoned its adherence to the foreign policy doctrine of non-alignment. Most experts agree that India is on its way to becoming a great power, but what kind of great power it wants to be remains a mystery.
In Our Time Has Come, India specialist Alyssa Ayres looks at how the tension between India's closed and inward looking past and its ongoing integration into the global economy will shape its trajectory in the foreseeable future. The sheer scale of India-its huge population and $2 trillion economy-means its decisions will have a major global impact. These decisions, though, are not easy to predict. Unlike China, India is a vibrant democracy whose vast array of parties champion dizzyingly disparate policies. Nor is India easily susceptible to foreign influence. As a proud and increasingly assertive nation, it guards against perceptions that it is succumbing to international pressure--especially from the United States.
For all of these reasons, India tends to move cautiously and deliberately in the international sphere, always prioritizing its autonomy and independence (behavior that can be attributed, in part, to its long history as a colony of Britain). In Our Time Has Come, Ayres considers the role India is likely to play in global affairs as its prominence grows, taking stock of the risks and opportunities for the U.S. and other nations as the world's largest democracy defines its place in the world. Given that it breaks the mold of the typical "ally" and emerges as a unique power all its own, there is much to consider as America and the world attempt to make sense of India's rise.