Indian Cultural Diplomacy : Celebrating Pluralism in a Globalised World

The Book is a window on Indian cultural diplomacy, which is set against the backdrop of its ethos of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' (The World is a Family). It is pivoted to the 'Idea of India' that gets manifested through acceptance of diversity and celebration of pluralism.
The Book in 15 chapters under 8 sections provides a comprehensive picture on the concept of cultural diplomacy; its relationship with public diplomacy and soft power; its place in the diplomatic architecture and its growing centrality. Unlike soft power, cultural diplomacy is not in the paradigm of power.
The Book also provides an in depth study on the origins and evolution of Indian cultural diplomacy over the years. It reviews the role of the Ministries of Culture and External Affairs and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). It examines various instrumentalities, such as Cultural Agreements, Festivals of India, Cultural Centres and Chairs of Indian Studies, used by India, to achieve its objectives.
The role played by Education, Media and Diaspora, as bridge builders is evaluated. The Book peeps into global cultural hubs, like the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the working of cultural diplomacy at grassroots level at Chandigarh and Chicago.
Two chapters in the Book look at the operation of cultural diplomacy in the Indian diplomatic missions and foreign diplomatic missions in India. This adds a practical dimension to the conceptual framework, as seen by practitioners of diplomacy.
The final chapter provides an overview on the existing reality. A section on 'The Way Ahead' makes a number of practical recommendations in five clusters, to take cultural diplomacy to a higher plateau. Finally, it raises a set of pertinent issues and points for consideration by theoreticians and practitioners of cultural diplomacy. The Book would serve as a useful reference point for further studies, as it fills the existing void in the literature on cultural diplomacy.

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author details
Ambassador Paramjit (Pummy) Sahai served in the Indian Foreign Service (1963 – 2000).  During 37 years of diplomatic service, he was posted to different world capitals, such as Moscow, Washington DC, Singapore, Lusaka, Lilongwe, Aden, Stockholm and Kuala Lumpur. 
He was posted as India's Ambassador/High Commissioner: to Malawi and Lesotho (1978-81); People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (1988-90); Sweden and Latvia (1992-96); and Malaysia (1996-2000).
He served as Minister (Commerce) and Director General, Supplies at Washington DC (1984-87) and Deputy Chief of Mission at Moscow (1991-92). He was involved in the establishment of India's diplomatic relations with the newly independent countries after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
He is presently involved academically in the study of international relations; teaches at Diplo Foundation in Malta and promoting connectivity between peoples and nations under 'Track II Diplomacy' as Advisor to the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh.
He has contributed articles to various books and journals. He also edited a number of books that include India-Eurasia: The Way Ahead (2008); Women Guiding the Destiny of South Asia (2010); Indian Diaspora: Migration and Development with focus on the State of Punjab (2012) and India and Southern Africa: Forging Ahead through Partnership (2015).



Section – I Understanding Indian Cultural Diplomacy in a Globalised World
Chapter – 1 Cultural Diplomacy in a Globalised World
Chapter – II India’s Cultural Diplomacy – An Overview
Section – II Framework, Structures and Instrumentalities of Indian Cultural Diplomacy
Chapter – III Ministry of Culture’s Role in Cultural Diplomacy
Chapter – IV ICCR and its Instrumentalities

Section – III Role of Other Cultural Bodies and Direction of Indian Cultural Diplomacy
Chapter – V Role of Other Cultural Bodies
Chapter – VI Direction of India’s Cultural Diplomacy– Case Study on Central Asia and Southeast Asia

Section – IV Vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy
Chapter – VII Education as a Vehicle of Cultural Diplomacy
Chapter – VIII Primary Vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy

Section – V Diaspora and Media as Connectivity Bridges
Chapter – IX Diaspora: Strategic Asset on Foreign Policy
Chapter – X Media and Foreign Policy in a Globalised World

Section – VI Cultural Diplomacy at Global and Grassroots Level
Chapter – XI Smithsonian Institution: A Global Cultural Hub and India
Chapter – XII Cultural Diplomacy at the Grassroots Level: Case Study of Chandigarh and Chicago

Section – VII Culture Diplomacy Operations at Diplomatic Missions-Indian and Foreign
Chapter – XIII Cultural Diplomacy Scenario: Indian Diplomatic Missions Abroad
Chapter – XIV Conduct of Cultural Diplomacy: Foreign Diplomatic Missions in India

Section – VIII Concluding Chapter
Chapter – XV Concluding Observations and The Way Ahead