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Post-Colonial, Pre-BJP: The Normative Parameters of India's Security Identity, 1947-1998

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What structured the fundamental nature of Indian security for the first 50 years of the country's independence? This article draws out four normative parameters that have been tempered and normalised during this period through India's international interaction along with her internal political developments. Using notions of 'security identity', the article unpacks these normative parameters in order to investigate holistically the interaction between both domestic and foreign influences in India's international relations. As such, the article finds a relative consistency to how security has been conceived of in India—displaying sustained threats to its territorial integrity, a continued democratic tradition, ongoing fears of communal violence plus an engrained desire for a greater global role. In turn, it has been the interface between internal and external factors that has structured, and continues to structure, Indian security.
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Keywords: Congress; India; Kashmir; Norms; Security Identity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh, UK

Publication date: 01 August 2009

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