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India’s Eastward Engagement
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India’s Eastward Engagement
From Antiquity to Act East Policy

  • S.D. Muni - Professor Emeritus, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Rahul Mishra - Senior Lecturer, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur


March 2019 | 348 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
India’s Eastward Engagement: From Antiquity to Act East Policy presents India’s engagement with its extended eastern neighbours from ancient times to the present. It argues that this engagement has been long rooted in India’s geographical location, its civilizational evolution and historical transformations. The book critically examines all the important phases—Nehru and Post-Nehru periods, and Look East and Act East policies. It exposes the widely entertained myths about India’s eastward engagement and also underlines the prospective directions in which the Act East Policy may unfold in the years to come.
 
Preface
 
Introduction: India’s Idea of the East
 
Waves of History: Ancient to Pre-Independence Era
 
The Nehru Wave (1927–1964): Hopes Belied
 
After Nehru: Did India Get Distanced?
 
Look East Policy (1992–2014): Streamlining and Restructuring Engagement
 
Act East Policy (2014–): How Different, How Successful?
 
Prospects: Challenges of Deeper and Wider Engagement
 
Annexure A: Exchange of Visits
 
Annexure B: India’s Trade with ASEAN and Its Dialogue Partners
 
Annexure C: India’s Exports to ASEAN
 
Annexure D: India’s Imports from ASEAN
 
Annexure E: FDI Inflows and Outflows between ASEAN and India
 
Annexure F: Military Exercises
 
Index

I am an admirer of Professor S. D. Muni. He with Rahul Mishra has written an excellent book on India’s deep connections with Southeast Asia.

Tommy Koh,
Ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore

With rising Chinese power and the emergence of the Indo-Pacific concept reshaping Southeast Asia’s destiny, what is India’s response and role? This well-researched and timely book is indispensable for anyone looking for an answer and for understanding India’s ‘Act East’ Policy. 

Amitav Acharya,
Professor, American University; President of International Studies Association; Author of East of India, South of China: Sino-Indian Encounters in Southeast Asia

India’s Eastward Engagement reflects the authors’ intimate familiarity with India’s extended neighbourhood to the east, in both its historical and contemporary contexts. The authors bring to the subject the rigour of an academic and the perspective of a practising diplomat—a rare combination. This book will command a wide audience, given its broad historical sweep and its penetrating political insights.

Shyam Saran,
Former Foreign Secretary; Chairman of Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries

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ISBN: 9789353282684
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