Seven Decades of Independent India: Ideas and Reflections review: Not a critical assessment, The Hindu, 5 May 2018

The Hindu featured the book Seven Decades of Independent India edited by Vinod Rai and Amitendu Palit. The book is a compilation of reflection essays with 25 chapters covering various subjects ranging from security challenges, India in a globalised world and India’s elections and reforms. On the topic of external security with ‘India and ASEAN’ and with ‘India as an Asian Power’, Yale-NUS President Tan Tai Yong gave comments on India’s relations with the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN). He felt that ASEAN was a pillar of India’s Act East policy, but “the efficacy of the policy remains hindered by the inability to translate policies into concrete actions and investments.”

 

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