How "integrated" is the Indian Foreign Service? The example of Farakka, 1982-1997

Susewind R (2010)
Journal of International Relations 8(2): 18-38.

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Abstract
Indo-Bangladeshi relations have long been dominated by two contentious issues: water-sharing at Farakka barrage - and migration across the open border. The connections between both issues remain however largely unexplored - even after the "environmental refugee" beacme a well imagined figure. In stark contrast to this scholarly compartmentalization, the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is said to be exceptionally "integrated", linking connected issues whereever possible. Were scholars of Indo-Bangladeshi, then, merely caught in narrow disciplinary perspectives? An in-depth analysis of archival evidence of the Farakka negotiations 1982-1997 as well as of diplomats' autobiographies leaves a mixed impression. On the one hand, linking river management to other bilateral issues did, when attempted, clog up the diplomatic system and lead to a stalemate. On the other hand, the IFS would nevertheless have preferred it if Bangladesh had allowed it - and tried to remain true to its Nehruvian legacy through "sequenced linkage". This finding has important implications for India's role in global climate negotiations, which similarly link environmental and non-environmental issues.
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Susewind R. How "integrated" is the Indian Foreign Service? The example of Farakka, 1982-1997. Journal of International Relations. 2010;8(2):18-38.
Susewind, R. (2010). How "integrated" is the Indian Foreign Service? The example of Farakka, 1982-1997. Journal of International Relations, 8(2), 18-38.
Susewind, R. (2010). How "integrated" is the Indian Foreign Service? The example of Farakka, 1982-1997. Journal of International Relations 8, 18-38.
Susewind, R., 2010. How "integrated" is the Indian Foreign Service? The example of Farakka, 1982-1997. Journal of International Relations, 8(2), p 18-38.
R. Susewind, “How "integrated" is the Indian Foreign Service? The example of Farakka, 1982-1997”, Journal of International Relations, vol. 8, 2010, pp. 18-38.
Susewind, R.: How "integrated" is the Indian Foreign Service? The example of Farakka, 1982-1997. Journal of International Relations. 8, 18-38 (2010).
Susewind, Raphael. “How "integrated" is the Indian Foreign Service? The example of Farakka, 1982-1997”. Journal of International Relations 8.2 (2010): 18-38.
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