Besides penning his thoughts on bilateral relationships of India, the author also makes a bold and reassuring statement about the future of India’s perspective towards the world. He says, “The post-colonial chip has fallen off our shoulder, New Delhi can now afford to look at the globe from a position of authority.” These are profound words for a nation whose foreign policy identity has rested on its traumatic experience of colonization and the subsequent battle for freedom.
Pax Indica, one of the numerous bestsellers of a prolific author, former UN official, skilled public speaker and an incumbent Member of Parliament, Mr. Shashi Tharoor is more than just a book. It is an unprecedented and earnest attempt to take foreign policy thinking to the common masses rather than just leaving it to bureaucrats or the strategic elite class. Based on a subject in which Mr. Shashi Tharoor has first-hand experience and knowledge, viz. external affairs of India, the book offers the readers more than just an ordinary, mundane description of historical events associated with different countries. It not only confers thoughtful insights into India’s major international relationships in detail and its soft power but also shares his thoughts on a new strategy for India to move beyond non-alignment to multi-alignment.