Interaction among sovereign countries is essentially matching of sovereign but competing interests. Reconciling these interests calls for ingenuity of the highest order. It is the outcome of these interactions that constitute foreign relations. In each country they evoke response from diverse sources - public, media, academia, business and industry etc. Public discourse on foreign relations today takes place as much in drawing rooms of the elite as in the chaupals of the villages across the country. The newspapers satisfy the needs of the curious and the sundry. But for the intellectuals and the professionals the semantics hold the key to the understanding of any issue. A scientific study requires the availability of full text of documents without much ado.India with a population of a billion people is not only one of the

largest and fastest emerging economies but also a political power to reckon with in the international arena.The 477 documents gathered in the book offer a window to the understanding of how India looks at the world and vice a versa.  They too present a study in continuity and change in India's foreign policy - continuity in the ideals set during the Nehruvian era, and change to meet the dynamics of present day world.