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date: 13 November 2019

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The objective of this chapter is to attempt a best case argument for Indian theorizing on Indian foreign policy. This chapter explores early writings on Indian foreign policy and their theoretical underpinnings. While not consciously invoking the conventional registers of mainstream IR theorizing, some key figures in the first generation of disciplinary international studies in India sought to approach the world on their own terms. In this chapter the author grapples with what might be gained from engaging these early accounts. While the general lament remains that generically foreign policy has been under-theorized, the author points to research directions that might nudge future scholars in the field to pay greater heed to context and local accents, introduce a stronger comparative dimension, and systematically pursue theoretical openings made possible by a closer reading of the first generation of Indian international relations writings on foreign policy.

Keywords: international relations theorizing, Indian foreign policy, India, theory, comparative theory

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