• Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Reviews

Published Date: August 18, 2014
Exploring a hermetic world

Exploring a hermetic world

For most people, diplomacy and foreign policy belong to the realm of the arcane and the esoteric, best left to the practitioners and scholars of these two areas.  And, as Kamal Siddiqui explains, in the process splitting hair, “…while diplomacy and foreign policy are closely related, they are not synonymous, as diplomacy is just one of the instruments for implementing foreign policy.”  He then embarks on an exhaustive exercise in providing an overview of various aspects of diplomacy and statecraft.  At the very beginning, he proposes a fairly inclusive definition of diplomacy:  it is the manner of conduct of diplomats; consists of negotiation, communication, dialogue; entails representation beyond borders;...

Published Date: August 18, 2014
Netaji, the incorrigible nationalist

Netaji, the incorrigible nationalist

Subhas Chandra Bose died of grievous injuries, a consequence of the crash of the small plane he was travelling in, in Taipei on 18 August 1945. That was a full two years before the India he loved almost to distraction would achieve freedom from British rule, albeit in bloodied fashion. To this day...