India and Southeast Asia

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 been 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 form the key element of India’s “Look East” policy initiated in the early 1990s.

India’s relationship with ASEAN has come a long way since the 1990s. Presently, India’s economic and securityengagements have added to the close social, political, and cultural ties with ASEAN.
  furthering maritime connectivity
Rs. 330             142 pages
ISBN: 978-81-910142-6-6

This book is a compilation of the proceedings arising from the third joint seminar conducted under the aegis of the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi and theS.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore in New 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 would help to further promote India’s relationship with the ASEAN nations.

c uday bhasker  

C Uday Bhaskar is the Director of the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi. A widely acknowledged security analyst, he is Contributing Editor of the South Asia Monitor and a regular columnist with Reuters. He was appointed Member Secretary of the Government of India Task Force on Global Strategic Developments, the report of which was submitted to the Prime Minister of India

Cmde (Retd.) Bhaskar served in the Indian Navy for 37 years. He was the Deputy Director of the Institute for Defence Studies (IDSA) from 1996 till 2004, which he later headed till 2005.

A prolific writer, Cmde Bhaskar has edited several books on nuclear and international security issues. He is a regular contributor to several Indian and global journals. He also lectures at military colleges, including the Indian National Defence College.

shishir upadhyaya


Shishir Upadhyaya is Research Fellow at NMF and Associate Editor of the NMF house journal Maritime Affairs. An internationally acknowledged expert on maritime security, he has presented several papers and conducted workshops on the subject at various fora in India and abroad.

Cdr Upadhyaya has served in a number of positions in various operational, training and command billets of the Indian Navy. He was Joint Director (Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence) at the Naval Headquarters, New Delhi from 2005 to 2009 and was awarded the Chief of Naval Staff Commendation Medal for his work in 2007.

Cdr Upadhyaya holds dual Masters Degrees in Defence Strategy and Telecommunications and a PG Diploma in Shipping Management. He attended the Combined Intelligence Research and Analysis Course with the Australian Defence Force in 2007 and is an alumni of the prestigious SEAS 2010 Fellowship awarded by the USA Department of State.

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