Book Launch and Discussion: Why India is not a Great Power (Yet)

Oct 9 2015@4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Oct 9 2015
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Takshashila Institution and the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)? will be hosting the Bangalore launch of Bharat Karnad’s new book Why India is not a Great Power (Yet).

The event will be in the form of a moderated book discussion. The discussants will be:

  • Bharat Karnad, author of the book and? Professor of National Security Studies, Centre for Policy Research. Prof Karnad is one of the foremost national security strategists of India. He has been a member of the National Security Advisory Board, the Nuclear Doctrine Drafting Group, and Advisor, Defence Expenditure, (10th) Finance Commission, India
  • Professor S. Chandrashekar, JRD Tata Chair Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, and
  • Nitin Pai, Director, The Takshashila Institution

About the book

Since the economic liberalisation of the early 1990s, India has been, on several occasions and at different forums, feted as a great power. This subject has been discussed in numerous books, but mostly in terms of rapid economic growth and immense potential in the emerging market. There is also a vast collection of literature on India’s ‘soft power’??”culture, tourism, frugal engineering, and knowledge economy. However, there has been no serious exploration of the alternative path India can take to achieving great power status??”a combination of hard power, geostrategies, and realpolitik.

In this book, Bharat Karnad delves exclusively into these hard power aspects of India’s rise and the problems associated with them. He offers an incisive analysis? of the deficits in the country’s military capabilities and in the ‘software’ related to hard power??”absence of political vision and will, insensitivity to strategic geography, and unimaginative foreign and military policies??”and arrives at powerful arguments on why these shortfalls have prevented the country from achieving the great power status.

Event? Details

The discussion will be held at the? Lecture Hall,? National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISc Campus, Bangalore – 560012.?

If you wish to attend, please confirm by emailing Pranay Kotasthane, Research Fellow, at pranay[at]takshashila[dot]org[dot]in