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Nirupama Rao’s latest book, The Fractured Himalaya, is a lucid account of Sino-Indian relations

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That the Indian diplomatic corps is full of writing talent is well known. Over the decades, we have seen some fine writing, in both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from poetry to the reinterpretation of the epics, and contemporary foreign policy to diplomatic memoirs.

A lot of the recent writing deals with China. Four recent books from former ambassadors to China address the problems with India’s most challenging relationship—Shivshankar Menon’s India and Asian Geopolitics (2021, Penguin RandomHouse), Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s The India Way (2020, HarperCollins), Vijay Gokhale’s The Long Game (2021, PenguinRandomHouse), and Gautam Bambawale’s Rising to the China Challenge (2021, Rupa Publications).

Now Nirupama Rao, who also served as Indian ambassador to China, has published The Fractured Himalaya. Like her colleagues from the Indian Foreign Service, Rao has spent much time wrestling with the China question during her diplomatic…

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