Over the last 25 years, India's explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world's emerging major powers. India's middle class has grown by leaps and bounds, and the country's sheer scale-possessing what will very soon be the world's largest population and an economy of more than $2 trillion-means its actions will have a major global impact. While it is clearly on the path to becoming a great power, India has not abandoned all of its past policies: its economy remains relatively protectionist, and it still struggles with the legacy of its longstanding foreign policy doctrine of non-alignment. India's vibrant democracy encompasses a vast array of parties who champion dizzyingly disparate policies. And India isn't easily swayed by foreign influence; the country carefully guards its autonomy, in part because of its colonial past. For all of these reasons, India tends to move cautiously and deliberately in the international sphere. In Our Time Has Come, Alyssa Ayres looks at how the tension between India's past and its ongoing integration into the global economy will shape its trajectory. By focusing on how India's unique perspective shapes its approach to global affairs, this new, updated paperback edition of Our Time Has Come helps the world make sense of India's rise.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: LOOKING BACK PrologueChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: India and the WorldChapter 3: Opening to the WorldPART TWO: TRANSITION Chapter 4: Seeking India's Rightful PlaceChapter 5: A Cautious PowerPART THREE: LOOKING AHEAD Chapter 6: India's Changing Global RoleChapter 7: A Changing Economic Future?Chapter 8: How the United States Should Work With a Rising IndiaEpilogueBibliographic NoteBibliography