The work under review was originally a Ph. D. dissertation. It assembles a lot of material which is useful for a study of India’s economic relations with other countries after Independence, more especially with the countries of the Third World. But it gets lost in details and the essential thrust of the thesis is weakened in the process. The attempt at scholarship is somewhat pedantic and lacks spontaneity.
At the heart of Vohra’s thesis is the concept of the Third World composed of countries at different stages of development. But rating India at what has come to be called a country at the mid-stage of its development is arguable at best. The study of the quality and content of its economic as well as political relations with other countries of the Third World gets misdirected and disoriented by this characterization of India’s position in the Third World. Vohra has, therefore, presented a rather simplistic picture of continuity and growth of India’s economic relations with the Third World which is not wholly convincing.
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