Publikationen

2017

Beitelmair-Berini, Bernhard. (2017),

Theorizing Indian Strategic Culture(s): Taking Stock of a Controversial Debate,

in Theorizing India’s Foreign Policy edited by Mischa Hansel, Raphaelle Khan and Melissa Levaillant,

New York and London: Routledge

Bernhard Book



The book "Theorizing India’s Foreign Policy”  recently published by Routledge, has a chapter by Bernhard Beitelmair-Berini (PhD researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science of the SAI) on “Theorizing Indian Strategic Culture(s): Taking Stock of a Controversial Debate“.

The chapter by Bernhard Beitelmair-Berini takes issue with the popular notion of a strategic culture deficit in India. He argues that at least four strategic subcultures compete with each other in Indian foreign policy discourses:  Nehruvian, Liberal Globalist, Leftists and Hindu Revivalist. These schools of thinking originate from, (re)interpret and/or mix a vast array of ancient, pre-  and post-independence intellectual sources.  This chapter ultimately highlights the need to foster a discussion between the social sciences and the humanities, particularly literature and language studies, in order to theorise traditions of strategic thought on India.

“Theorizing Indian Foreign Policy” draws together the study of contemporary Indian foreign policy.

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Mukherji, Rahul. (2017),

Governance Reform in a Weak State: Thirty Years of Indian Experience

Governance, 30: 53–58

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The last three decades have witnessed governance transformations in India and China. China gave up autarkic communism and engaged the world. India gradually gave up its somewhat more liberal import substitution-based closed economy model and engaged the world by giving greater primacy to private companies. India began to open up the economy to private investment from the mid-1970s but trade and international orientation arrived only after 1991. By this time, the Chinese economy had become a powerhouse. India's rates of economic growth surpassed China's only in recent years, when the Chinese economy had become much larger than India's. India is the most rapidly growing economy among the Group of 20 countries that discuss the globe's financial architecture. India is home to a weak state in an eco-system powerfully shaped by social forces. The state can neither make a Dengist nor a Lee Kuan Yew type move to swiftly turn the page toward a new policy paradigm. Comprehending India's path requires reconciliation of two apparently contradictory views of the state. The first is the view that India is a weak state. Second, despite being a soft state, policy ideas and changes in worldviews within the state, matter. Third, and consistent with the second point, the Indian model is neither a coerced version of the Washington consensus nor is it a veneration of the Beijing consensus. Policy makers are acutely aware of global developmental paths. What paths they choose, and how gradually such paths get entrenched, despite social forces, lies at the heart of India's developmental journey. This article discusses the nature of India's gradual model governing growth and welfare.

 

Liebig, Michael and Saurabh Mishra (eds.). (2017),

The Arthashastra in a Transcultural Perspective:

Comparing Kautilya with Sun-Zi, Nizam al- Mulk, Barani and Machiavelli

New Delhi: IDSA/Pentagon Press


Idsa Book


The edited volume The Arthaśātra in a Transcultural Perspective: Comparing Kautilya with Sun-Zi, Nizam al-Mulk, Barani and Machiavelli is the product of a collaborative research effort by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi; South Asia Institute (SAI), Heidelberg University; and Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University Singapore. Political Science and International Relations are still predominantly Eurocentric and based on European intellectual resources, while India, with a long civilisational and philosophical history, is credited with no contribution to the evolution of the Political Science and IR theory. Notably, Kautilya’s Arthaśātra, a foundational text of Political Science and IR theory, has, so far,  been ignored or marginalized in these disciplines. The volume explores the conditions of the possibility of a  ‘migration’ of Kautilyan thought-figures from South Asia to the Mediterrean. In this idea-migration – and hybridization -- across cultural and historical spaces, pre-Islamic and Islamic Persianate cultural space is of special significance.        

The chapters with authors are: ‘Introduction’ by Michael Liebig and Saurabh Mishra;Kautilya Redux? Re-use, Hybridity, Trans-cultural Flow and Resilience of the State in India’ by Subrata K. Mitra (ISAS); ‘Understanding Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra: Origination, Migration and Diffusion’ by Pradeep Kumar Gautam (IDSA);‘Kautilya and Machiavelli in a comparative perspective’ by Michael Liebig (SAI); ‘Arthaśāstra - Reflections on Thought and Theory’ by Medha Bisht’ (South Asian University, New Delhi);‘Rājadharma, legitimacy and sovereignty in the Arthaśāstra’ by Saurabh Mishra (IDSA),‘Kautilya and Sun- Zi on War and Strategy: Exploratory Comparative Analysis ’ by M.S. Prathibha (IDSA) , and ‘Fatāwā-ye jahāndāri: Hybrid Political Theory in the Delhi Sultanate (Perso-Islamic and Endogenous Traditions of Statecraft in India)’  by Seyed Hossein Zarhani (SAI). 

2016

Mitra, Subrata Kumar and Michael Liebig (2016),

Kautilya's Arthashastra: An Intellectual Portrait: The Classical Roots of Modern Politics in India

Baden-Baden: Nomos

Nomos



Kautilya’s Arthashastra: An Intellectual portrait – The Classical Roots of Modern Politics in India showcases the endogenous politico-strategic thought that underpins India’s rise in the 21st century. The political institutions and processes in contemporary India have remained deeply grounded in its pre-modern political heritage, succinctly codified in Kautilya’s Arthashastra. These themes are explored through such bridge concepts as the ‘modernity of tradition’ and the ‘re-use of the past’ in tackling contemporary political problems. These concepts are key factors that explain the resilience and stability of India’s hybrid political institutions and democratic system as well as its foreign policy conduct. Even though Kautilya’s Arthashastra is a foundational text of Political Science and International Relations theory, it has, so far, been largely marginalized in Political Science. Mitra’s and Liebig’s book is meant to change that. As well, the volume provides a major contribution to South Asian area studies, comparative politics and comparative political theory.

 

 

 

 

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