Editor-in-Chief’s Note

Date01 January 2017
Published date01 January 2017
AuthorGulshan Sachdeva
Subject MatterEditorial
Editor-in-Chief’s Note
Since the early 1990s, Indian policymakers have made some fundamental changes
in the management of the Indian economy and foreign policy. These changes are
result of many internal and external factors. A highly restrictive economy has been
opened up through reducing government intervention in key areas. The changes in
economic policies have led to impressive economic growth and change in attitudes.
These developments coincided with some fundamental changes taking place at the
global and Asian balance of power. New Delhi is somehow still adjusting itself to
the end of the Cold War system as well as rise of China.
High economic growth since 1992 also has its own strategic consequences.
New Delhi has signed more than thirty ‘strategic partnerships’ and has been able
to build cooperative partnerships with all major powers, both bilaterally and mul-
tilaterally. India has already signed a large number of comprehensive economic
cooperation agreements, along with many still under negotiations. India is also
becoming a significant player in the area of development cooperation through its
large programme of capacity building training programmes, lines of credit and
grant projects. It is also in the process of establishing many connectivity projects
individually and also in partnership with others. Unexpectedly, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has also been very active in the area of foreign policy. Under his
leadership, intensity of India’s global engagements has further increased.
Combination of these factors has affected India’s ties with its immediate neigh-
bours, extended neighbours and all major powers in the World.
A special issue on India and the World is an attempt to capture some of these
trends. I am thankful to my colleagues at the School of International Studies for
enthusiastically supporting this idea and contributing their research output. This
issue covers some of India’s important partnerships, major issues and trends.
Countries and issues not covered in this exercise do not mean that they are less
important. It is only that either we have already covered them in our recent special
issues (Eurasia, development cooperation) or plan to have special issues (connec-
tivity, Europe, Africa) in near future. Together, all of them will help us understand
India’s growing importance and engagements.
Gulshan Sachdeva
International Studies
54(1–4) 1
2018 Jawaharlal Nehru University
SAGE Publications
DOI: 10.1177/0020881718791837

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