Indian Security, Norms, and the BJP
The Introduction lays out the structure of the book, including its theoretical foundations concerning norms and their usefulness for analysing Indian foreign policy across different political ideologies. These foundations rest upon a norm-based and identity-driven account of security that scrutinises multiple norms simultaneously, and highlights the historical experiences of India’s elites in terms of how they perceive Indian security. Such an approach allows for the comparison of foreign policy norms prior to 1998 firstly with those of the BJP-led 1998-2004 NDA and then with subsequent post-2004 governments. It is argued that these ideational factors (primarily different political identities and their composite norms) provide a superior understanding of Indian security by highlighting the impact of temporal factors (such as history, experience, and interaction), and successfully linking domestic ideology with foreign policy.
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