India in World Affairs, February 1950- December 1953: A Review of India's Foreign Relations

India in World Affairs, February 1950- December 1953: A Review of India's Foreign Relations

India in World Affairs, February 1950- December 1953: A Review of India's Foreign Relations

India in World Affairs, February 1950- December 1953: A Review of India's Foreign Relations

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This survey, the second volume of India in World Affairs, seeks to give a factual account of the main international problems which engaged the attention of Indian statesmen during the period February 1950 -- December 1953. The most far-reaching development during this period was the outbreak of fighting in Korea, followed by a speedy but rather unexpectedly forceful action by the United Nations. Throughout this episode the Indian policy was to persuade the contesting powers to limit the area of conflict and to secure a cease-fire as early as possible. Subsequently it has become clear that developments in Korea saw a definite change in the foreign policies of both the United States and the Communist Powers. While the cold war did not show any sign of slackening, none the less the cease-fire in Korea marked a real change of attitude on the part of the major Powers in favour of a negotiated settlement. India's position as an uncommitted nation enabled her to make significant contributions in securing such settlements in East Asia.

The present volume has been prepared by Mr K. P. Karunakaran, who was a Research Associate of the Council till December 1955. In the choice of topics covered the author has been guided by a desire to focus attention on those problems in which India has taken an active interest. Like all publications of the Indian Council, this volume is the result of close and continuous co-operation between the author, the other members of the Council's staff and other scholars and experts. Chapter V entitled 'Revolution in China: Peace with Japan' was contributed by Mr Vidya Prakash Dutt, another research associate of the Council. The Council is sincerely grateful to them all for their ungrudging and valuable help.

The preparation of the two volumes in the series, India in World Affairs, has been made possible by special donations from the following institutions: (1) The Asian Relations Organigation, (2) The University of Delhi, and (3) The University of Aligarh, which supplement the Council's own resources. The Council gratefully acknowledges the assistance generously given by those institutions.

INDIAN COUNCIl OF WORLD AFFAIRS S. L. POPLAI New Delhi Secretary-General December 1957 . . .

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