The study of 'The Foreign Policy of India' has so far been confined to India's relations with particular countries and areas. Very little attention has generally been paid to the more fundamental problems or issues. The study of basic determinants, basic principles has been largely ignored not only by politicians and journalists, but even by scholars specialised in India's Foreign Policy. This book is intended to fill a gap to some extent.
Although the book has involved considerable empirical research, it is not simply fact-finding enterprise. It is also an prescriptive and analytical study intended to create and influence opinion regarding the essentials of policy-making process that would minimise the chances of non-rationality in Indian Foreign Policy.