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West Asia and the Region
Defining India's Role

Editor: Rajendra M. Abhyankar

Published by Academic Foundation in association with
Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Hard Bound Book (6" x 9¼") :   Pages : 748
2008  Edition   :   ISBN 13: 978-81-7188-616-6
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ABOUT THE BOOK :

  India and West Asia represent a confluence of civilisations which is a paradigm for our times. Over the millennia, the religious, ethnic, political, commercial, cultural, literary and linguistic ties that bind the peoples of the two regions have endured. Today these ties are marked by a mutuality of interest and benefit with India's emergence as a global player. Never has the need for maintaining security, peace and prosperity in our region been greater with the retrograde developments witnessed in recent years. The conjunction of these events has inevitably led to calls for India to play a helpful role in the search for solutions to the festering conflicts in the region. This compendium explores the possibilities, challenges and parameters of such an engagement. While the jury is still out, the papers presented here highlight its multi-dimensional character.    
 
   
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Rajendra Madhukar Abhyankar is Director, Centre for West Asian Studies at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. Ambassador Abhyankar retired from the Indian Diplomatic Service after more than 36 years of multi-faceted diplomatic experience of people, places and issues. He has been Ambassador to Syria, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union and High Commissioner to Cyprus and Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. He was responsible for fashioning India's policy on Palestine-Israel issue; and on developing India's relations with Israel and formulated and supervised India's policy in the field of counter-terror-ism. He led a number of bilateral groups with countries in the region.

   

CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

Setting the Theme West Asia and the Region:
Defining India’s Role

  1. Introduction
    — Rajendra M. Abhyankar

  2. West Asia: The Imperative to Comprehend the Direction of Change
    — Hamid Ansari

The Larger Picture: Political

  1. Imagining West Asia Beyond the Neocon Construct: Defining an Indian Perspective — Girijesh Pant

  2. India’s Palestine Policy: A Historical Review
    — Shamir Hasan

  3. India and Israel’s Counter-terrorism Policy
    — Rushda Siddiqui

The Larger Picture: Energy and Economic

  1. An Overview of India’s Trade and Economic Relations with Gulf and Wana Countries — A.C. Patankar

  2. India’s Economic Diplomacy in the Gulf
    — Qamar Agha

  3. India’s Search for Energy Security and Role of the Gulf
    — Rafiullah Azmi

  4. Indian Diaspora in West Asia
    — Prakash C. Jain

  5. Indian Manpower in the Gulf: Strategic and Economic Dimensions
    — Anisur Rahman

The Larger Picture: Culture

  1. Indian Impact on Islamic Culture
    — B. Sheik Ali

  2. OIC: An Examination of its Policies and Implications for India
    — Anwar Alam

Role of Great Powers in the Region

  1. China and West Asia
    — Ranjit Gupta

  2. Russia’s Emerging Policy in West Asia
    — Ajish P. Joy

  3. Iran, SCO and the Grand Chessboard
    — Gulshan Dietl

Iraq

  1. Difficult Road Ahead in Iraq: Post War Challenges and Remedies
    — Mehtab Alam Ansari

  2. Rise of Islamists after the US Invasion of Iraq–2003
    — H.A. Nazmi

  3. Democratising Iraq through Military Intervention
    — Bansidhar Pradhan

Turkey

  1. Turkey’s Democracy as a Model for the Arab World
    — Aswini K. Mohapatra

  2. In Pursuit of a European Identity: Turkey and the European Union
    — Purushottam Bhattacharya

  3. The Recent Democratic Reforms in Turkey: Implications for the Military’s Role in Politics and Society — Mujib Alam

Lebanon

  1. Democracy in a Plural Society: The Lebanese Experience
    — Jawaid Iqbal

  2. West Asia Peace Process: Israel and its Neighbours 23. Track Two Diplomacy in West Asia: The Oslo Peace Process Revisited
    — Mohammad Gulrez

  3. Israeli Wall in the West Bank: Politics and Legality
    — Arshi Khan

  4. Hamas and Politics in Palestine: Impact on Peace-building
    — Sujata Ashwarya Cheema

India’s Bilateral Relations

  1. Indo-Egyptian Relations: A Reassessment
    — El Sayed Mekkawi

  2.  India and the Horn of Africa: Current Dynamics and Future Relations
    — Jamal M. Moosa

  3. Indo-Kuwait Relations after Independence
    — Mirza N.A. Baig

  4. India and Iran: Geopolitical and Geostrategic Partners
    — Mukhtar Alam

  5. Price Risk Management in Petroleum Exporting and Importing Asian Countries: A Comparative Study of India and Iran
    — Sameena Hameed

  6. Democratisation in the GCC States and India
    — A.K. Pasha

  7. Emerging Investment Climate in the Arab Gulf: The Scope for India
    — Javed Ahmad Khan

  8. Oil Geopolitics in the Persian Gulf and India’s Energy Security
    — Pranav Kumar

  9. Gulf Security and the Role of Saudi Arabia
    — Javed Nadeem Nadvi

Cultural Dimension

  1. OIC and Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Its Indian Dimension
    — Noor Ahmad Baba

  2. Studies in West Asian Literature: Can they be Crucial in Defining India’s Role? — Sumathi Shivakumar

  3. India’s Contribution to Arab Culture and Thought: Role of Ali Mian
    — Nasim Akhtar Nadwi

Afterword

  1. Looking Back and Forth: India and West Asia
    — M.S. Agwani


CONTRIBUTORS:

Rajendra M. Abhyankar, Director, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Former diplomat

Qamar Agha, an independent journalist and Visiting Professor, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

M.S. Agwani, former Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Anwar Alam, Professor, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Mujib Alam, Lecturer, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Mukhtar Alam, Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre for Asian and African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

B. Sheikh Ali, former Vice Chancellor of Mangalore and Goa Universities.

Hamid Ansari, first Coordinator of the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; former diplomat; Chairman, National Minorities Commission; now Hon’ble Vice President of India

Mehtab Alam Ansari, Lecturer in the Department of Library & Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

Rafiullah Azmi, Research Associate at the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Mirza Nehal Ahmed Baig, Assistant Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.

Noor Ahmad Baba, Professor and Head in the Department of Political Science, Kashmir University, Srinagar.

Purushottam Bhattacharya, Professor of International Relations and Director, School of International Relations & Strategic Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Sujata Ashwarya Cheema, Lectuer, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Gulshan Dietl, Professor, Centre for West Asian and African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Mohammad Gulrez, Professor of West Asian Studies, Centre for West Asian Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Ranjit Gupta, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. Formerly Visiting Professor at the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and former diplomat.

Shamir Hasan, Professor of West Asian Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

Sameena Hameed, Ph.D Scholar, Centre for Asian and African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Jawaid Iqbal, Reader, Centre for West Asian Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

Prakash C. Jain, Associate Professor, Centre for West Asian and African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Ajish P. Joy, Researcher, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

Javed Ahmad Khan, Reader, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Pranav Kumar, Senior Research Scholar, Centre for West Asian and African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fellow.

Arshi Khan, Reader, Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

Aswini K. Mohapatra, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

El Sayed Mekkawi, Senior Research Scholar, CWAAS, SIS, JNU and Lecturer, History Department, Menoufia University, Egypt.

Jamal M. Moosa, Reader, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Javeed Nadeem Nadwi, Researcher, West Asia Cluster, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

Nasim Akhtar Nadwi, Department of Arabic, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

H.A. Nazmi, Lecturer, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Girijesh Pant, Professor, Centre for West Asian and African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

A.K. Pasha, Professor, Gulf Studies and former Chairperson, Centre for West Asian and African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

A.C. Patankar, Principal Adviser, Confederation of Indian Industry, Mumbai.

Bansidhar Pradhan, Associate Professor, Centre for West Asian and African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Anisur Rahman, Reader, Academic Staff College, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Sumanti Shivakumar, Reader, Stella Maris College, Chennai.

Rushda Siddiqui, Researcher, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

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