My Myanmar Years: A Diplomat's Account of India's Relations with the Region

My Myanmar Years: A Diplomat's Account of India's Relations with the Region

By: Preet Malik (author)Paperback

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An ambassador's account of India's relations with one of her oldest engaging neighbours-Myanmar The Indian legendary texts call it Suvarna Bhumi or the Golden Land; its colonial masters called it Burma and its military government renamed it as Myanmar. Whatever the name might be, the country has long been in India's cultural, historical and political consciousness. Essentially a foreign policy document, this book deals in detail with the geostrategic importance and relevance of Myanmar to India's Look East Policy, as narrated by India's ambassador to Myanmar during 1990-92. It is partly anecdotal and partly historical in nature, providing a first-hand account of Myanmar's political turbulence and India's changing policies under three different governments.

About Author

Preet Malik, a career diplomat, had served as the ambassador to Bahrain, Cuba and Myanmar and was the high commissioner to Singapore, Tanzania, Seychelles, Malaysia and Brunei. In a career spanning decades, Preet Malik has held various national and global positions. He has served as the director, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, and the Deputy Permanent Representative and Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, New York. He was the Vice President of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). From 1992 to 1995, he was initially the Additional Secretary and then the Special Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, where he headed the relations with SAARC and was involved in the definition and initiation of South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA). Preet Malik has written extensively on Indian Foreign Policy and economic diplomacy in the Financial Express during the period 1995-2000. He has also contributed to the publication Indian Foreign Policy Agenda for the 21st Century.

Contents

Foreword by M. Hamid Ansari Preface Introduction A Rough Landing: 1990 Let's Go to History First The Rice Bowl of the British Empire Burma, the Hermit Republic! From Nehru to Rajiv Of Mistrust, Mutual Discord and Disenchantment The Security Issue and the Indian Approach: 1992 China in between India and Myanmar: 1991-1992 Thawing of Relations: 1992-2010 Getting Closer, but not Claustrophobic Developments after the 2008 Constitution Myanmar in the Post-2010 Election Period The Position of the Ethnic Minorities Internal Conflict and the Security Issue The Bigger Brother: China in Myanmar China-Myanmar Relations: 1948-1988 India-China-Myanmar Matrix: Post 1988 President Thein Sein and the Changing Face of Myanmar The Economic Future of Myanmar Of Burma's Past and Myanmar's Future Conclusion Annexures Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789351506270
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 260
  • ID: 9789351506270
  • weight: 320
  • ISBN10: 9351506274

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