I would like to convey my deepest thanks to Mr P.S. Ravindran for giving me an opportunity to teach International Relations at Vajiram and Ravi, an institute for IAS exam preparation. I would also like to thank my teachers Mr. Mukul Pathak and Dr. Subhas Mahapatra at Vajiram, along with Mr Brijendra Singh for his constant support in planning and reviewing the chapters of the book.
A special thanks to my idols
■ Shri Sanjeev Tripathi, IPS (Secretary, Research and Analysis Wing)
■ Shri Rakesh Bansal, IAS (Chairman, BSE, Madhya Pradesh)
■ Shri Y.K. Chaudhary, IRS (Chief Commissioner, Income Tax)
■ Shri Shishir Priyadarshi, IAS (India’s Representative to WTO, Geneva)
A very special thanks to my former colleague, Mr. DKSP (name withheld for security reasons), from the R&AW, who is unleashing his inner Rajnikanth, somewhere deep inside Pakistan.
I would like to thank Ms. Gargi Bhattacharya for editing the manuscript. Her energy infused new life into the project.
Loads of thanks are due to all my friends and well-wishers, including Sonali Bansal, Snehil Tripathi, Prakhar Sharma, Hamid Khan, Imran Hussain, Ashok Kumar, Dipika Goyal (IFS), R. Elangovan, Neha Bhatia, Neeta Tripathi, Trinity Nagpal, Shiv Arpit Kothari, Raj Kumar and Sanjay Kumar Raju.
Lovely Tripathi is owed a special mention for the reasons she knows well.
I would like to thank my family members for their understanding and patience. A special thanks to Jasbir Singh, Moneesha Singh, K.J. Singh, Sarita Singh, Robinder Singh, Sasha Singh, Sukanya Singh, Shishir Deo, P.S. Kochar, Manjit Kochar, Devnita Bakshi, Amar, Param, Kaushik and Kavleen.