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.
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