India and EU : An Insider's View

A popular myth maintains that Indo-EU relations are best viewed through the British prism. This disregards the historical evidence of Alexander’s march to India and the Roman Empire’s trade with India. In more recent times cultural icons like Satyajit Ray have been celebrated more in Paris than elsewhere. India’s trade with EU, especially in defence items, is anchored to a greater extent in the continent rather than across the channel.

Brexit is now going to take away that British prism. 

A fresh, and in many ways a profound new Indo-EU relationship is about to emerge. Bhaswati Mukherjee’s book “India and EU: An Insider’s View” is timely. It traces the past, explains the present state of relationship in all its complexity and looks into the crystal ball. This is an objective assessment by a highly regarded professional of the successes as also the wrinkles of the past in the relationship as well as the practical steps for a more vigorous Indo-EU future.

Written with great fluency “India and EU-An Insider’s view” fascinates with its vignettes, making it a unique and must-read book.

Vij Books
  • Pages: 358
  • 9788193759103 • HARDBACK • Sep 2018 • Rs.995
  • 9788193759127 • EBOOK • Oct 2018 • Rs.695
  • Subjects: India, European Union
  • India and EU : An Insider's View
author details
A career foreign service officer, Bhaswati Mukherjee has a well deserved reputation as one of the most experienced diplomats on Indo-EU relations. She has headed, for the longest time ever, the Indian Foreign Ministry’s department specialising in the EU affairs. During this period she piloted institutional linkages like annual Indo-EU Summits to give greater gravitas and stability to the relationship.

 In a distinguished career of over 38 years, she has been the Indian Ambassador to The Netherlands as well as India’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris.  Her international expertise was honed by her earlier work at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and a 6-year tenure with the UN Human Rights Commission and the first High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

Her public interface started young. Being elected as the President of Miranda College’s Student’s Union gave her the confidence to pursue her passion for human rights and women’s rights and later, disarmament and strategic issues as well as heritage and culture. Bhaswati Mukherjee is a trained vocalist. An excellent public speaker, she is an important voice in the Indian media on foreign policy and strategic affairs.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
GLOSSARY 
LIST OF MAPS AND CHARTS 
PREFACE
CHAPTER 1: INDIA EU- A COMPLEX AND DIALECTICAL RELATIONSHIP 
SECTION 1: HOW DID EUROPE MEET INDIA?
SECTION 2: DIALECTICS IN OPERATION: COMMONALITIES AND DIFFERENCES 
SECTION 3: THE MAKING OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY 
CHAPTER 2: EU AS AN INTRA STATE ENTITY 
SECTION 1: THE LISBON TREATY: THE RISE OF A NEW EUROPE 
SECTION 2: THE COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY: A DISTANT GOAL? 
SECTION 3: FOREIGN POLICY STRUCTURES IN OPERATION: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS 
SECTION 4: SCHENGEN REGIME- QUEST TOWARDS A BORDERLESS EUROPE 
SECTION 5: THE EURO, EUROZONE AND SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS: IMPLICATIONS FOR EU UNITY AND IDENTITY AND ITS FUTURE 
CHAPTER 3: INDIA-EUROPE RELATIONS THROUGH THE PRISM OF THE EU 
SECTION 1: DIVERSE APPROACHES TO MULTIPLE CHALLENGES 
SECTION 2: AN UNDER-PERFORMING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP 
SECTION 3: EMERGING POLES IN A MULTI- POLAR WORLD OR NOT? 
SECTION 4: MULTIPLE CHALLENGES OF GLOBALIZATION: A CHANGING INTERNATIONAL ORDER 
SECTION 5: CONTINUING CHALLENGES: CRITICAL INDIAN PUBLIC OPINION AND PERCEPTIONS ABOUT EU
CHAPTER 4: A PRIVILEGED PARTNERSHIP: ESTABLISHMENT OF SUMMIT LEVEL DIALOGUE 
SECTION 1: THE BEGINNING: JOINT POLITICAL STATEMENT OF 1993 AND COOPERATION AGREEMENT OF 1994 
SECTION 2: PARTNERSHIP AMONG EQUALS: FIRST INDIA EU SUMMIT- LISBON, PORTUGAL JUNE 2000 
SECTION 3: SECOND INDIA EU SUMMIT: NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2001 
SECTION 4: THIRD INDIA EU SUMMIT: COPENHAGEN, OCTOBER 2002 
SECTION 5: FOURTH INDIA EU SUMMIT: NEW DELHI, 2003 
CHAPTER 5: INDIA EU STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP 
SECTION 1: EVOLUTION OF A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP 
SECTION 2: JOINT ACTION PLAN 2005 AND REVIEW IN 2008 
SECTION 3: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP 
CHAPTER 6: PRESENT CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS 
SECTION 1: CAN GREXIT HAPPEN? 
SECTION 2: BREXIT- THE BEGINNING OF THE COLLAPSE OR A NEW DAWN? 
SECTION 3: OTHER CHALLENGES: IS EUROPE IN DECLINE? 
SECTION 4: POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS 
CHAPTER 7: SUMMIT LEVEL REVIEW OF OUTCOMES 
SECTION 1: PROLOGUE 
SECTION 2: PRAGMATISM VERSUS IDEOLOGY: IMPACT OF EU GLOBAL STRATEGY ON SUMMIT PROCESS 
SECTION 3: CRITICAL EVALUATION OF SUMMITS: SIXTH TO TWELFTH 
SECTION 4. RETROSPECTIVE ON TWELVE SUMMITS 
CHAPTER 8: THE THIRTEENTH SUMMIT: ITS CANCELLATION AND REVIVAL 
SECTION 1: CANCELLATION OF A SUMMIT 
SECTION 2: REVIVAL OF A SUMMIT- BRUSSELS, MARCH 2016 
SECTION 3: LEARNING TO ADDRESS ROADBLOCKS JOINTLY 
CHAPTER 9: THE INDIA EU BROAD BASED TRADE AND INVESTMENT AGREEMENT: DEAL OR NO DEAL? 
SECTION 1: THE MAKING OR UNMAKING OF A DEAL 
SECTION 2: DIFFERING PERSPECTIVES: DIFFERENT LEVELS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 
SECTION 3: CONTINUING IMPASSE 
SECTION 4: CORE PENDING ISSUES 
SECTION 5: IMPACT OF BREXIT ON THE DEAL 
SECTION 6: DEAL OR NO DEAL? 
SECTION 7: BTIA: EPITAPH OR REBIRTH? 
CHAPTER 10: FOURTEENTH SUMMIT: IN SEARCH OF AN ELUSIVE NEW PARADIGM IN INDIA EU RELATIONS 
CHAPTER 11: A CONCLUDING NARRATIVE: THE WAY FORWARD 
SECTION 1: CHANGING PARAMETERS OF INDIA’S FOREIGN POLICY 
SECTION 2: EVOLUTIONARY SHIFTS IN THE EU’S FOREIGN POLICY PRIORITIES 
SECTION 3: THE INDIA FACTOR IN THE EU’S NEW STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 
SECTION 4: MEDIA PERCEPTIONS: DO THEY IMPACT THE PARTNERSHIP? 
SECTION 5: THE WAY FORWARD 
REFERENCES 
ANNEX 1 
ANNEX 2 
ANNEX 3 
ANNEX 4 
INDEX