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Alexander T.J. Lennon and Amanda Kozlowski

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262622189

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262622189.001.0001

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Balancing Interests and Values: India’s Struggle with Democracy Promotion

Balancing Interests and Values: India’s Struggle with Democracy Promotion

(p.22) Balancing Interests and Values: India’s Struggle with Democracy Promotion
Global Powers in the 21st Century

C. Raja Mohan

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on India’s concerted efforts to promote itself as a democratic country in national and international forums. The country, which emphasizes balancing interests with values while focusing on retaining the democratic fabric of its polity and society in the global forum, initially failed to integrate democratic principles in its policymaking as it was torn between two superpowers during the Cold War era. By the end of the Cold War, it started making efforts to adjust its policymaking and to bring significant change, and has started to interact more with the United States, realizing that the country can help it to emerge as a global power and fulfil its democratic goals. India is also facing new challenges in the form of internal and external conflicts and disputes in the South Asian region, which are frustrating its democratic ambitions.

Keywords:   democratic country, international forums, democratic fabric, Cold War, external conflicts

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