Book Details

Book title: Geopolitics of Himalayan Region: Cultural Political and Strategic Dimensions
Author(s): Alok Bansal & Aayushi Ketkar
ISBN: 9789386618689
Publication Year: 2019
Binding: HB
Pages: 228
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The world’s youngest mountain range, the Himalayas, is home to two of the world`s oldest civilizations that are contemporary Great Power aspirers – India and China.  These two Asian Giants are the world`s fastest growing economies and hold over one third of global population, giving them the necessary clout to impact global politics. In the last few years, Himalayan Region, which influences and dominates a large part of Eurasian land mass has seen jostling for space between these two emerging powers as well as various extra-regional powers.

For India, the Himalayas symbolise physical strength, spiritual elevation, cultural diversity and strategic advantage and forms the basis of India’s national consciousness. The Himalayas act as a natural divide between the Indian subcontinent on the one hand and Central Asia and China on the other. In fact, the boundaries of South and Central Asia converge along the Himalayas, lending unique geo-political and geo-strategic significance to this region that represents diverse identities, ecology and, yet finds a common civilizational and cultural tradition that binds it seamlessly. 
This book is truly ambitious, as it attempts to take a holistic look on all the three key dimensions impacting the region – Cultural, Political and Strategic – making it a pioneering effort in studying the region beyond the myopic prism of bilateral relations. Elucidating contributions on various critical issues from practitioners and experts par excellence lends greater credibility and efficacy in understanding the immense possibilities that the region offers – from being the hotbed of intense competition to an exemplar of political and economic cooperation, supported by a complex web of religio-cultural and civilisational linkages. 

ABOUT Author


Alok Bansal is Director India Foundation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM) and Secretary general of Asian Eurasian Human Rights Forum (AEHRF). A former naval officer, he served in Indian Navy for almost 32 years, where he commanded two warships and participated in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka. He was also the founder Executive Director of South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs (SAISA) and a Visiting Professor at the Pakistan Studies Programme of Maulana Mohammed Ali Jauhar Academy of International Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia. He has been the Executive Director of the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) and has worked with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), and Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). He has authored two books titled Balochistan in Turmoil: Pakistan at Cross Roads and Gilgit-Baltistan and its Unending Saga of Human Rights Violations.

Aayushi Ketkar is an Author, Educationist and Corporate Trainer. She currently teaches International Relations at Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida. She is also a Senior Research Fellow with AEHRF. She is presently working as a core member of an ICSSR Project on Jammu and Kashmir. She has worked with the Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre (JKSC) as the Director (Research). She was the Ford Scholar with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) where she authored the Governance section of the Monograph on Alternative Approaches to Security. She has secured the President`s gold medal during her post graduation at the University of Hyderabad. She has authored two books and numerous articles on Defence, Governance & National Security Issues and has contributed to Scribner`s Encyclopedia of India.  

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