Regional Satraps and the Battle for India Foreign Policy

This book is a pioneering work about the growing domestic influences on India’s foreign policy with the increasing number of powerful chief ministers asserting at the state level.  It investigates how and why in a coalition era with a globally integrated Indian economy, managing a parliamentary coalition and also working with Chief Ministers from the opposition-ruled States is increasingly becoming difficult and a challenge to Prime Ministers.  

The study explores particularly the concerns of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Northeastern states, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other border states and the issues pertaining to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar. Most of the disputes with the neighbouring countries have been on water sharing, land and security, which impinge on the state.

The study shows that there is a case for institutionalising the process of consultation and involvement of these States in foreign or security policy, trade and investment and people to people contact in the changing scenario.

Vij Books
  • Pages: 345
  • 9789386457332 • HARDBACK • Dec 2017 • Rs.850
  • 9789386457349 • EBOOK • Jan 2018 • Rs.695
  • Subjects: Indian Domestic Politics, India's Foreign Policy, Influence of Domestic Policy in India's Foreign Relation
  • Regional Satraps and the Battle for India Foreign Policy
author details
Ms. Kalyani Shankar is a Delhi based political commentator and columnist. She was the Political Editor of Hindustan Times and also its Washington correspondent. She is a multi-media personality with experience in broadcast and television journalism. 

Shankar was a Nuffield Press? Fellow at Cambridge University, a Public Scholar at Woodrow? Wilson Centre in Washington D.C., and a scholar at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. She ?has authored four books including Gods of Power: Personality Cult and Indian Democracy, India and the United States: Politics of the Sixties, Nixon, Indira and ?India: Politics and Beyond and Pandora’s Daughters

Chapter 1            Introduction
Chapter 2           India and Sri Lanka
Chapter3             India and Bangladesh
Chapter 4            India and Nepal
Chapter 5            Conclusions