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Unveiling A Book Titled “Dabbling in Diplomacy” by Prof. S.D. Muni

In his compelling work, “Dabbling in Diplomacy: Authorised & Otherwise, Recollections of a Non-Career Diplomat,” Professor S.D. Muni offers an unparalleled glimpse into the intricate web of South Asian geopolitics through the lens of an academic deeply entrenched in the region’s affairs. Having served as both a distinguished professor and a diplomat, Prof. Muni bridges the gap between scholarly research and real-world diplomacy, providing readers with a unique perspective on the subtleties of international relations in the South Asian context.

The Essence of “Dabbling in Diplomacy”

The book unfolds against the backdrop of Prof. Muni’s extensive career at prestigious institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University and the National University of Singapore. With a focus on International Relations and South Asian Studies, his narrative is enriched by firsthand experiences and interactions with key political figures across Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Laos.

One of the most significant revelations in Prof. Muni’s recollections involves the covert meetings between Nepal’s top Maoist leaders, including the current Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, with Indian political elites. Facilitated by Prof. Muni, these meetings mark a pivotal moment in Nepal’s history, contributing to the eventual overthrow of the monarchy and reshaping the nation’s political landscape.

Geostrategic Insights and Anecdotes

“Dabbling in Diplomacy” transcends the traditional academic discourse, offering readers a front-row seat to the evolution of South Asian geopolitics. Prof. Muni’s intimate knowledge and personal anecdotes about interactions with senior leaders provide a vivid portrayal of the region’s complex dynamics. His role as India’s Special Envoy to Southeast Asian countries and Ambassador to Laos further underscores the depth of his engagement and the breadth of his influence.

Contribution to the Field

This book is not merely a collection of memories; it is a testament to the impact of individual actors in the realm of international diplomacy. Prof. Muni’s journey, spanning four decades of teaching, research, and diplomatic service, illuminates the intersections between academic scholarship and geopolitical strategy. His contributions to the field of International Relations and South Asian Studies have not only enriched academic discourse but also provided valuable insights into the practice of diplomacy.

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