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Tharoor calls for redefining ties in ‘networked world’

Arguing that “old paradigms” forged during the “binary world” of the Cold War era no longer apply in today’s networked world

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
July 12, 2012 2:11:52 am

Arguing that “old paradigms” forged during the “binary world” of the Cold War era no longer apply in today’s networked world,former minister of state for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday suggested that India should move towards “multi-alignment” without abandoning its cherished principles like non-alignment.

Tharoor deals at length about this aspect and his assessment of India and the 21st century world in his new book,Pax Indica,which was released here on Wednesday by Vice-President Hamid Ansari. Also present on the occasion were former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh,Law Minister Salman Khursid and Rajya Sabha MP Karan Singh.

Ansari said Tharoor’s idea of “multi-alignment” and formulations by others like “Nonalignment 2.0” need to be debated seriously to avoid strategic confusion as both “seek to depict a menu of options in a new,very complex,world”.

Tharoor said in today’s networked world,India should,without “abandoning any of our cherished principles like non-alignment,move towards multi-alignment where we would essentially have a series of networked relationships with countries,often some of the same countries with different configurations and often overlapping for different purposes and in different formulae”.

Tharoor’s other suggestion for induction of young professionals for mid-career employment in the foreign service evoked much debate. So did the title of the book. Noting that Pax has an “established connotation” in history and strategic literature and Tharoor has sought to impart a new meaning to it,Ansari recalled Ezra Vogel’s book,Pax Nipponica.

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