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India’s Eastward Engagement

India’s Eastward Engagement
From Antiquity to Act East Policy

First Edition
  • 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 India
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

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

“Managed to focus on issues that are most relevant…a brief for a larger volume to be produced later.”

The Hindu
Key features
• The book provides a historical account of India’s engagement with the extended eastern regions, tracing the religious, trade and commerce linkages.

• Highlighted the systemic and sub-systemic changes in international politics and their impact on India, which led to the official announcement of the Look East Policy

• Discusses the evolving and future projections of India’s Act East policy, particularly in the context of rapid strategic developments in the Indo-Pacific region.

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