Title: The New World Disorder and the Indian Imperative
Author: Shashi Tharoor, Samir Saran
Genre: Non fiction
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
As a dedicated reader of Dr Shashi Tharoor, I was very disappointed last year when despite so much happening across the globe, he chose to write a book on theology. However, with the launch of this book coupled with ORF Director Samir Saran’s expertise, Tharoor has filled the void looming in the works of IR.
Divided into multiple section, the book begins with the case of globalization and how first world countries, most importantly the US, have only voted for it when it suited them and gone back on their so called principles when the situation got difficult. The authors unanimously say that it is third world countries like India that have actually followed the principle of globalization in its true sense.
The authors also shed light upon subjects like surveillance in authoritarian countries and the importance of social media. They affirm that as the importance of Asia keeps increasing in the 21st century, it is India who would play the major role of carrying ahead the legacy of a liberal order forward.
In terms of education and economy, the authors seem to suggest that we learn from our neighbour China.
The book is an important addition to international relations seen from an Indian perspective and would be a great read for anyone interested in world affairs and especially to students of politics.