US Strategy and India Interest, Policy and Media: A Study with Special Reference to India’s Territorial Conflicts
Shanta Nedungadi Varma
US-India relations have traversed vast and uneven terrain to forge a comprehensive strategic partnership today. They have also spanned a wide spectrum of change.
The book unravels a range of Washington’s attitudes towards India over half a century, focussing on India’s international territorial conflicts, covering both the Cold War and post Soviet periods.
This work attempts an exciting dual level analysis of the dynamic interface between interest, policy and media projections. At one level, the changing global, geopolitical, strategic and domestic compulsions that informed US responses to India’s conflicts with Portugal over Goa, the Chinese aggression and Pakistan’s aggressions in Kutch, Kashmir, and most recently Kargil are examined. They range from Cold War strategic prisms and India’s power status to post-Soviet mutualities spurred by globalisation and terror.
The revelations are of critical contemporary relevance because while the Cold War ended long back, false narratives entrenched through media imperialism continue. Images need urgent corrective reconstruction as India’s strategic space continues to be sharply compromised.