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Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy examines India's foreign policy options in order to ensure that the country retains its space for manoeuvre, to follow an independent foreign policy in the 21st century global scenario.

Persian Gulf, Palestine and Israel
Persian Gulf, Palestine and Israel
Historical and Emotional Bonds

The Persian Gulf region is indeed very special for India. The Arabian Sea has linked, rather than divided, the Arab world and India. As a neighbouring region with very close people-to-people ties to India, this region has historically always figured very high in India's external ties. Trade, culture, religion, language, philosophy and science and technology have bound the people of India and the Arab world over many centuries. No wars have been fought between Arabs and Indians. No bilateral disputes have marred the relationship. Arab traders have been visiting India since at least the 8th century. Many of them settled down in India and married local girls, the origin of Kerala's Moplah community. ...

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