Furthering Maritime Connectivity- India and Southeast Asia
Uday Bhaskar and Cdr S Upadhyaya.
India and Southeast Asia relations go back several millennia. The relics of the ancient historical linkages and deep bonds of trust and friendship that had established between the people of India and Southeast Asian states can be witnessed even today in the various historical monuments other cultural influences and religious affiliations in different parts of Southeast Asia.
These ancient ties, underpinned by India’s trade, culture and maritime links with the Southeast Asian Kingdoms were disrupted with the arrival of the European powers in the region. However, today, these very linkages from the key element of India’s “Look East” policy imitated in the early 1990s.
India’s relationship with ASEAN has come a long way since the 199s. Presently, India economic and security engagements have added to the close social, political and Cultural ties with ASEAN.
This books is a compilation of the proceedings arising from the third joint seminal conducted under the aegis of the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi and ten S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore in Delhi from November 30 to December 1 2009. The aim of the seminar titled; “Furthering Maritime Connectivity; India and Southeast Asia was to explore various new opportunities for future cooperation in the maritime field that various new opportunities for future cooperation in the maritime field that would help to further promote India’s relations with the ASEAN nations.