Books authored, edited and co-edited by Prof. M. L. Sondhi:
Non Appeasement: A New
Direction for Indian Foreign Policy,
(New Delhi: Abhinav Publications, 1972).
In this extensive analysis
of the Indian foreign policy, ML Sondhi offers an
alternative vision for India’s foreign policy. According to
him, the ways and means of fostering an improvement in
India’s image abroad cannot be found unless effort is first
directed towards identifying the chief reason for the
reduction of India’s policy options. This chief reason he
identifies as the policy of non-alignment.
out to be a scenario which instead of creating
greater opportunities on matters of basic foreign policy increasingly raised
technical barriers to policy adjustments and stimulated
counterproductive rigid and one-sided relationships.
Therefore he suggests Non Appeasement which will give a
tenacious strength to India’s national interest and
integrate it with the world order. In an important sense
Indian decision-makers who adhere to Non Appeasement will find themselves
free to come up with imaginative yet practical proposals to
deal hopefully with the powerful forces of change with which
India’s national interest as a modernising society is
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Sondhi (ed.), Foreign Policy & Legislatures: An
Analysis of Seven Parliaments, (New Delhi: Abhinav
This volume analyses the
different patterns of legislative influence on foreign
policy. These parliaments include the British Parliament,
the Japanese Diet, the Israeli Knesset, the Sri Lankan
Parliament, the European Parliament, New Zealand’s
Parliament, Indian Parliament and the Canadian Parliament.
For each of these seven Parliaments discussed, the main
strands of legislative-executive relations are examined in
terms of the policy-making framework.
James Callaghan, Cliff Grantham, Bruce George, Saburo Okita,
Akio Watanabe, Netanel Lorch, Hemda Golan, Shelton U.
Kodikara, Juliet Lodge, Ramesh Thakur, Antony Wood, ML
Sondhi, Shrikant Paranjpe, Joe Clark.
Sondhi (ed.),Beyond Perestroika: Choices and
Challenges Facing Gorbachev, (New Delhi: Abhinav
The complied essays in this
book present a comprehensive way of thinking about
Gorbachev’s contribution to Soviet theory and practice.
Mikhail Gorbachev was responsible for changing the crude
stereotype about Soviet leadership. He launched into long
overdue social and political reform at home. His perception
of international relations was strikingly different from the
earlier Brezhnev who often relied on worst case assumptions.
This volume is basically a cooperative enterprise by
scholars from India, Canada, the United States, Italy and
Britain and addresses the underlying problems, choices and
challenges that faced Gorbachev as he proceeded to implement
Glassnost and Perestroika beyond sheer image-making.
At the time of its
publication, it was perhaps the first international attempt
to consider each aspect of Gorbachev’s strategy within the
context of general trends and processes in Asia, of
superpower relations, of the setting of global systematic
considerations and in terms of the domestic implications of
centre-periphery relations in the Soviet Union. This
important book provided a sober assessment of both the
strengths and weaknesses of Gorbachev.
Sondhi, Shrikant Paranjpe, RG Gidadhubli, Abhijt
Bhattacharya, Radoslav Selucky, Jonathan R. Adelman, Fulvio
Attina, Peter Ferdinand.
Sondhi and Shrikant Paranjpe, A Peace Agenda for
Indian Foreign Policy, (New Delhi: Har-Anand
This study articulates that
Indian foreign policy must seek a fundamental transformation
of political and institutional realities in order to achieve
peace in Asia. India has a unique potential for
peace-building based on her culture and philosophic
tradition in peace-thinking. The book situates itself at the
border of theory and praxis to give not only a theory of
conflict management but also its application to India’s
foreign and security problematique. It deals with issues
such as nuclear policy, economic reforms programme,
disarmament, regional integration etc.
Sondhi and Prakash Nanda, Vajpayee’s Foreign Policy:
Daring the Irreversible, (New Delhi: Har-Anand
This book aimed not only at
a better understanding of the foreign policy vision of the
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajapayee, the Bharatiya Janata
Party and the allied parties but also at building a
reinforcing scenario that could strengthen India’s security,
add new weight to its arms-control and disarmament
diplomacy, and enhance India’s role as a major player in the
international system. The book analyses how the historic
decisions of the Vajpayee government, particularly the
nuclear tests in May 1998 heralded the process of building
an international consortium of democracies, the best
guarantee for peace and stability. It was written with the
conscious aim of generating a more informed public debate on
the country’s foreign and security policies.
Sondhi (ed.), Democratic Peace: The Foreign Policy
Implications, (New Delhi, Har-Anand Publications,
The book is designed to help
readers to gain the understanding needed for informed and
thoughtful choices concerning the key issues of
democratization which would contribute in building peace and
at the regional and global levels. The contributors to the
volume believe that every policy needs a sound theoretical
rationale. The discussion has focused attention on the need
for research into the phenomenon of democratic peace which
would have theoretical and practical perspectives. Given
India’s robust commitment to democratic values, should
democratic peace become the centrepiece of India’s future
strategy in its relations with the outside world in general
and with the counties of the democratic world in particular.
Bharat Karnad, Amitabh Mattoo, Varun Sahni, Savita Pande,
Therese Delpech, Martin Sherman, Apratim Mukarji, Shrikant
Paranjpe, Dawa Norbu.
Sondhi (ed.), Nuclear Weapons and India’s National
Security, (New Delhi, Har-Anand Publications, 2000).
This volume is the
culmination of a workshop organized by the Indian Council of
Social Science Research in June 2000 which provided an
opportunity for an intense and open exchange of views among
leading scholars, policy makers and nuclear scientists on
fundamental trends that are shaping the nuclear challenges
facing India. The goal of the workshop was to strengthen the
basis for a continued and informed nation-wide discussion on
nuclear policy choices.
A wide range of subjects from fundamentalism and terrorism to regional and
international security are included. China’s contribution to
nuclear and missile proliferation, and bargaining
asymmetries between India and China absorbed the attention
of the workshop.
PK Iyengar, MS Ramakumar, Ashok Kapur, Shrikant Paranjpe, PK
Kamath, Sujit Dutta, Savita Pande, AN Prasad, PK Pahwa,
Hriday Kaul, KS Pendse, Bharat Karnad, Raja Menon, Vishnu
Bhagwat, Arundhati Ghosh, KK Nayyar, VR Raghavan, Dilip
Mohite, VK MAdhok, Shanta Verma.
Sondhi (ed.), Terrorism and Political Violence: A
Sourcebook, (New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications,
The sourcebook volume
presents a new way of thinking about our response to the
destructive potential of terrorism. Contributors approach
the problems of terrorism and political violence within a
larger matrix that includes the experience of South Asia and
Europe. The volume is the culmination of the proceedings of
the New Delhi Seminar which brought together experts working
in different disciplines and produced fresh insights for
collaborative intellectual efforts in the areas of ethnic
separatism with its implications for international and
internal stability, the strengthening of the criminal
justice systems to cope with the burden of dealing with high
levels of terrorism, the growth of extreme religious
fundamentalism and the development of new technologies and
their potential use in the prevention and combating of
ML Sondhi, Murli Manohar Joshi, Paul Wilkinson, B Raman, KPS
Gill, V Suryanarayan
Sondhi (ed.), How India and Pakistan Make Peace,
(New Delhi: Manak Publications, 2001).
The Indian Council of Social
Science Research organized a landmark two day India-Pakistan
bilateral conference in New Delhi in July 2001 that brought
together a large number of social scientists including 35
from Pakistan which included distinguished scholars,
businessmen, journalists and representatives of civic groups
from India and Pakistan. This was a gathering of forward
looking experts. The consensus was that moment was ripe for
the people of the two countries, a quarter of humanity, to
develop linkages and to develop a framework of negotiations
for complex strategic issues dividing them.
The book argues that it is
the responsibility of the two leaders to orchestrate a
paradigm shift towards conflict resolution between the two
countries and it includes the proposals jointly agreed upon
by the several working groups in the seminar and endorsed by
the entire seminar.
Sondhi and KG Tyagi (eds.), India in the New
Delhi: Manas Publications, 2001).
Privatisation, liberalisation and globalisation have become
the main features of the new world order, which means closer
economic, social and cultural ties, transfer of technology
and restructuring of internal priorities in the various
countries. In the era of globalisation and economic reforms,
Asia-Pacific region is the most vibrant region in the world.
This book provides a diverse and vivid account of how
globalisation of social, economic and cultural advancements
leading to reforms are being resisted, managed, experienced
and understood at the local, national and regional level in
the Asia-Pacific region.
A. Sukumaran Nair, MM Koganurmath, Mallikarjun Angadi, CV
Hiremath, Anand Bandi, Subbiah Arunachalam, Om Kumari
Choudhary, A Neelameghan, E Rama Reddy, Sudhir K Samantaray,
PB Sharma, SK Soni, Ajit Dixit, Nalin K Shastree, Neil
Fisher, Jagdish Arora, Usha Mujoo-Munshi, Ashikho Henia, RK
Rana, RK Sudan, VS Ramamurthy, GR Krishna, MR Aggrawal, Atul
Sarma, Pradeep Kumar Mehta, PG Jogdand, B Mohanan, Joginder
Singh, RK Mishra, B Navin, Rameshwar Tandon, A Neelameghan,
Shabtai Shavit, RK Mishra, Justin Paul, VJ Sebastian, A
Ramanathan, MA Qureshi, Dibakar Kundu, SR Kakade, Shobha
Vaidya-Chaudhari, K Mahadevan, R Jayasree, MSR Murthy,
Andrei Volodine, PL Dash.
Sondhi and KG Tyagi (eds.), Asia-Pacific Security
Globalisation and Development,
(New Delhi: Manas Publications, 2001).
book, leading experts and policy makers from the
Asia-Pacific region and academic world explore various
dimensions of globalisation and their relationship to
various economic social, cultural and political aspects
vis-ą-vis development process. All contributions are linked
together by a common endeavour to explore a dynamic balance
between global economic forces, regional and national
security. This book is one of the most stimulating
contributions to our understanding of various challenges in
the age of globalisation.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Andras Balogh, Martin Sherman, Arya
Bhushan Bhardwaj, Yong-Ok Park, Arun Kumar Singh, Vijay
Kumar, Bharat Karnad, Changsu Kim, Taeho Kim, AK
Chirappanath, Debasis Bagchi, Ramesh Thakur, Yoginder K
Alagh, Ashok Kapur, Hoshiar Singh, RS Yadav, J George
Waardenburg, Son Ngoc Bui, RS Dube, Pramod Mishra, Meyer
Mikhail, Sushanta Kumar Nayak, Govinda Chandra Rath, K
Borichpolets, Sergei Lounev, Bhaskar Majumder, Tran Thi Ly.
Sondhi and Apratim Mukarji (eds.), The Black Book of
Gujarat, (New Delhi: Manak Publications, 2002).
The Godhra carnage and its
aftermath in the form of Gujarat riots in 2002 attracted
national and international attention on an unprecedented
scale and significantly continues to be in the limelight
even after the state has ostensibly returned to normalcy. In
this timely book, published in record time just after four
months after the riots, the contributors attempt to
understand this phenomenon at two levels: by documenting the
physical manifestation of the riots as achieved in
substantive measure by exhaustive on-the-spot investigations
and subsequently published reports. A distinguishing
characteristic of this book is that it looks upon the
happenings in Gujarat as both a part of historical truth and
as a lesson for humankind to retrieve approaches to conflict
resolution and communal harmony. Hence, it serves as a work
of contemporary history, a manual of conflict analysis and a
ML Sondhi, Imtiaz Ahmad, RK Amin, AN Dar, Roger Fisher,
Satish Mishra, Apratim Mukarji, Fali Nariman, Kanwal S
Rekhi, S Henry Rowen, Ajai Sahni, Madhuri Santanam Sondhi.
Sondhi and Ashok Kapur, US and India: Changing
Strategic Parameters, (New Delhi: Manak
The authors argue that both
India and the United States should forge a relationship with
primary strategic interest. They put forward recommendations
for enhancing Indian negotiating strength, suggesting to
both the policy makers and academics of the two democracies
fresh approaches to bilateral relations in the context of a
volatile strategic environment. The volume is a tour
d’horizon with a compelling strategic rationale for each
area for which policy prescriptions are proffered. The
diplomatic initiatives suggested in the book are
sophisticated and innovative and advocate a proactive
approach based on Indian values and interests. India has the
capacity to shape its future and develop a good working
relationship with the United States through a larger Asian
vision and the development of strategic power. Coherence in
strategic policy will enable India to constructively engage
with America’s predominance in the world.
ML Sondhi and Madhuri
Santanam Sondhi (eds.), Hinduism’s Human Face,
(New Delhi: Manak Publications, 2002).
This book offers detailed
cultural and social analysis for unfolding a compelling
vision of Hinduism which will help India to take its place
in a new era. It demonstrates how the foundations of
Hinduism are related to the authenticity of human identity.
Fanaticism and xenophobia are dysfunctional aberrations.
AC Bose, NGS Kini, Madhuri Santanam Sondhi, ML Sondhi, K
Swaminathan, KC Kamaliah, SS Barlingay, Cedomill Veljacic,
Utpal Chattopadhaya, A Ranganathan, Girija K Mookerjee,
Hiranmoy Ghoshal, MA Karandikar, Ajit Mookerjee, Sudhanshu
Kumar Roy, VV Sadagopan.
ML Sondhi (ed.),
Towards a New Era: Economic, Social & Political Reforms,
(New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications Pvt. Ltd., 2002).
The onset of globalization and liberalization has sparked off a debate among the Indian intelligentsia about the need to bring in economic, social and most importantly political reforms to advance India's progress within the evolving frameworks. Progress will critically hinge on how these reforms are implemented. In Towards a New Era, some of the leading scholars of our times offer their vision on how to go about this task. The book contains essays dealing with themes of good governance, people's empowerment, sustainable development, reform in the political, educational and agricultural sectors, issues related to Information Technology etc.
ML Sondhi, PR Panchamukhi, Chitra Naik, A Sukumaran Nair, Atul Sarma, RS Dube, KS Bhat, Vidyut Joshi, Abu Nasar Saied
Ahmed, N Vittal, Rahul Mukherji, Craig Calhoun, OP Dwivedi,
Thomas Pantham, G Palanithurai, PM Kamath, Sharada Rath,
Anil Baran Ray, Aureliano Fernandes, M Umapathy, R Venkata
Rao, G Gopa Kumar, RLM Patil, A Shanmugam, MA Kishore, MD
Dharamdasani, Balbir S Sahni, RK Mishra, Bob Kerton, Yasodha
Shanmugasundaram, B Satyanarayan, RG Desai, S Lakshimi, D
Narsimha Reddy, Indumati, DV Kasar, BN Pawar, PN Shendye,
Krishna Kumar, KS Negi, Keya Sen Gupta, Shiri Ahuja, KD
Gaur, A Kalanidhi, PB Sharma, Bhushan Dewan, Kamal Sharma,
SR Kakade, Umrao Singh Chaudhari, Shobha Vaidya-Chaudhary,
KD Gangrade, JL Azad, R Shankar, Mohit Chakrabarti, AK
Chirappanath, KRG Nair, Vijay Kumar, RS Gautam, Nityanand
Pandey, BK Nagla, RB Singh.