This is the first major attempt to analyse the whole gamut of India's Foreign policy since independence. Combining different methodological approaches, the author has divided the book in three different parts. The first is devoted to the factors that determine the country's foreign policy. The second part is devoted to the four goals that are the very basis of India's behaviour vis-a-vis the outside world. These are Security, Modernisation, Regional hegemony and International role-playing. The book defines each of these goals, and analyses their evolution from the past. The third part pertains to decision making.