New Book

The Unfinished Quest

India’s Search for Major Power Status from Nehru to Modi (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2024).
T.V. Paul

  • Offers a comprehensive understanding of the rising power phenomenon in the globalized yet changing world order
  • Focuses on the status motivation of India in the context of the US-China rivalry as well as India’s importance as the “swing power” that can mitigate China’s aggressive rise in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Explores the ways in which status competition has entrenched the China-India and India-Pakistan rivalries
  • Argues that the key challenge for obtaining a sustained global status is India’s low human development indices


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