Written by foreign policy experts, academics and practioners, this book develops the frameworks and strategies for India’s foreign policy that can be adopted to meet the emerging challenges and non-traditional threats in the new world order. It studies the important aspects of India’s foreign policy in the present unsettled world order and comes up with strategies and policy suggestions. It raises several questions to highlight the future direction of foreign policy and the challenges that India may have to deal with in the coming years. The book covers the domestic dimension of the country’s foreign policy, which is often missed out in policy discussion. It examines the close link between national security and foreign policy, and shows how foreign policy can be leveraged to strengthen the economy and make India a hub of innovation. This book emphasizes soft power strategies to ensure that a strategic approach to soft power projection is adopted. India’s Foreign Policy: Surviving in a Turbulent World is a ready reference on India’s foreign policy that can be used to understand the complexities of the topics covered.
Chapter 19: India and West Asia: Promoting Security in a Turbulent Region
India and West Asia: Promoting Security in a Turbulent Region
India's ties with West Asia go back several millennia: there is archaeological evidence that during the Harappan civilization, India provided foodstuffs, textiles and items of gracious living such as jewellery to consumers in the Arabian Peninsula. Indian mariners, merchants and intellectuals traversed the Indian Ocean with their Arab colleagues for at least 4,000 years so that over the centuries a shared civilizational ethos was created that persists to this day.
These linkages included the setting up of colonies of Indians in the towns of the Gulf and of Arab communities residing in Indian coastal towns, particularly in the Malabar.
British rule ...