This book provides a fresh insight into the role of identity in international and national relations and policy. It analyzes identity conceptions and state behavior, arguing that identities (seen in terms of self/other relations) constitute a crucial element of state interest, both in terms of end goals and strategies. It discusses the effects of secular and religious-cultural understanding of identity on domestic and foreign affairs.

The book presents a discourse on national identity in India, the events from 1990–2003, and how these have influenced the engagement of India with others, especially with Pakistan and China. In this process, it reveals several surprising insights, along with the challenges that confront the country.

National Identity Narratives and the Politics of Securing Jammu and Kashmir

National Identity Narratives and the Politics of Securing Jammu and Kashmir

National identity narratives and the politics of securing Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir (JK) emerges as a rich case in order to examine the relationship between identity and security policy in recent Indian security politics.1 This case could help us understand whether there is any significant difference in the way in which parties that espouse secular or religious-cultural identity narratives deal with the Other. JK occupies an interesting space in the external/internal dimensions of state sovereignty. Its status in the Indian state is contested in three different ways: by Pakistan, which considers it a part of Pakistan; by India, which considers JK a part of the Indian Union for strategic and symbolic reasons; and ...

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