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A Life in Diplomacy An insider s account of the personalities and policies that shaped Indian diplomacy Former foreign secretary Maharajakrishna Rasgotra joined India s external affairs ministry when Jawaharlal Nehru G

  • Title: A Life in Diplomacy
  • Author: Maharajakrishna Rasgotra
  • ISBN: 9780670088843
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Life in Diplomacy By Maharajakrishna Rasgotra, An insider s account of the personalities and policies that shaped Indian diplomacy.Former foreign secretary, Maharajakrishna Rasgotra joined India s external affairs ministry when Jawaharlal Nehru, Girija Shankar Bajpai, Sardar Patel were with a mix of pragmatism and hope creating the foreign policy of the newly independent nation This was taking place as the Cold War slAn insider s account of the personalities and policies that shaped Indian diplomacy.Former foreign secretary, Maharajakrishna Rasgotra joined India s external affairs ministry when Jawaharlal Nehru, Girija Shankar Bajpai, Sardar Patel were with a mix of pragmatism and hope creating the foreign policy of the newly independent nation This was taking place as the Cold War slid into the subcontinent and complex relationships with India s neighbours China, Pakistan and Nepal were taking shape Looking back on those crucial years with a discerning eye for the interplay of personalities Nehru, Krishna Menon, or S Radhakrishnan, for instance Rasgotra assesses their influence on events and their impact on the evolution of Indian diplomacy.For over three decades Rasgotra s assignments took him to Nepal, Britain and France, among other countries, as well as twice to the United States His account of Nixon and Kissinger, and the mix of truculence and persuasion in their dealings with Mrs Gandhi in the run up to the 1971 Bangladesh war, sheds new light on the events of that time His tenure as foreign secretary covered a period of great change and A Life in Diplomacy provides a ringside view of the beginnings of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, the last years of the Cold War, the negotiations on the formation of SAARC, Mrs Gandhi s assassination and the Bhopal gas disaster.This is a compelling, authoritative account of a personal and professional journey a reflective look at the leaders, events and forces that formed relations between India and the world over fifty years.

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    1. From a young boy who fled the partition, to becoming the foreign secretary of the nation, Rasgotra s life has been and continues to be remarkable.He is deeply knowledgeable, meditative, and has an instinct when it comes to people and even events He is a brilliant raconteur.They just don t make em like this any.He regales the reader with what goes on behind the scenes, a strange mix of the absurd, the witty and the poignant.Be it Khrushchev s shoe banging at the UN General Assembly to which Macmi [...]

    2. Krishna Rasgotra s A Life in Diplomacy is a must read for all interested in Independent India s diplomatic history As I read this man s vast experience as a career diplomat and how often we were played by the world super powers, historic figures have become human to me Pandit Nehru and the pressure he sustained from the Western superpowers or Indira Gandhi from within her own party are all too visible As he points out, An intelligent man can cover up for anything except experience I should say [...]

    3. This book provides an insightful account on evolution of India s foreign policy I wished it talked about the evolution of the initial training and its contemporary relevance His ability to foresee both domestic and international turn of events is exceptional and complimented by his ability to forge relationships It was nice to read about Nehru s idealism and how his vision of Non Alignment still finds resonance.

    4. A life in diplomacy is written by Indian diplomat and former Foreign Secretary of India, Mr.Maharajkrishna Rasgotra IFS officer of 1949 batch, which is only second batch of service since its inception, Mr.Rasgotra had worked with almost every personalities of India who has shaped Indian foreign policy since independence, ranges from Jawaharlal Nehru to P.V.NarsimhaRao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee His exposure to various global personalities as diverse as from Albert Einstein to Parvez Musharraf, his [...]

    5. The book is a breath of fresh air for the mind The author, by his mesmerizing literary skills, has allowed us a peep into the tabooed and the secret planet of diplomacy haunted by espionage A compelling 437 page turner which gives us a lucid narration of the intricacies and the intrigues that goes on behind the high walls and a neutral analysation of those who dwell within The myth and the mystery that shrouded the hallowed IFS, has been brought down for general review Rasgotra s penmanship is b [...]

    6. Rasgotra was one of the earliest recruits of the Indian Foreign Service, and went on to become Foreign Secretary as well as Ambassador to the US, UK, France, Nepal etc This book is mainly Rasgotra s recollections and views on the Indian foreign policy since Independence He sticks to his own experiences as a diplomat, which is the strength as well as the failing of this book Obviously there are limits on what he can say, but the book maintains a very balanced approach There is discussion of polic [...]

    7. Without being autobiographical, Mr Rasgotra has delved into his experiences imparting an educational character to the book which is the most appreciated.The last chapter on past and future prospects of foreign policy and personal views on how it should be, is exhilarating.At times, he might sound outdated with respect to his views on neighbourhood diplomacy to the novice, but the views are deeply founded on his authoritative experience in the past and therefore something to be reckoned with in o [...]

    8. Mr Rasgotra has seen the evolution of Indian foreign policy and has supervised some reforms in Indian foreign Service too The book is filled with interesting anecdotes with details on Nepal and Mr Kissinger to be particularly incisive This book is simply a joy to read.

    9. The book is an excellent account of the insights into the life of an Indian diplomat from the beginnings of foreign policy in independent India to the current state I liked the way the author showed the phases of dynamism and stasis in Indian foreign policy mingled with personal experiences with Heads of state and other dignitaries There are few people who can be as articulate as diplomats it comes with the job I guess and the author has lived up to the reputation Though there are several books [...]

    10. A personal account covering all facets of India s foreign policy from Independence to 1990 Ambassador s command over language and eloquence of expression make it a charming read The first few chapters and the last one are very insightful.

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