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Sudhir Chandra Mathur
DOCUMENTS ON INDIA'S FOREIGN POLICY 1973 by Satish Kumar Macmillan, New Delhi, 1977, 680 pp., 150.00
March-April 1977, volume 2, No 3/4

The stubborn facts of history and politics are often hidden from the public gaze. Jawaharlal Nehru lifted the curt­ain a little on this in one of his statements, ‘ … It is very well to talk about foreign policy. But you will appreciate that no person charged with a country’s foreign policy can really say very much about it. He can sometimes say some­thing general about it; he can say some­thing specific about it when occasion ari­ses. But there are many things conne­cted with it which are supposed to lie as what are called Top Secret Files’.

The volume under review is the sec­ond in the series of documents on India’s foreign policy, which include selected documents reprinted from official sources like Foreign Affairs Record, for the year 1973. How far this collection will succ­eed in helping in ‘undertaking in-depth studies on various dimensions of India’s foreign policy in the total perspective of contemporary diplomacy’, an outlined objective of this collection, depends upon the extent to which the contents of the documents reflect the undercurrents in the foreign policies.

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