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Mosaics of Cultures: Investigating the Role of Cultural Linkages in India-Indonesia Relations

Rahul Mishra was Research Assistant at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile
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  • January 19, 2011

    Contrary to popular belief, India has not only been ‘Looking East’ for more than the past two millennia, but has also engaged the east during this period, though intermittently. Cultural interactions have been the bedrock of this engagement. However, in the past two decades, India has neglected the culture factor in its engagement with the region in general and Indonesia in particular. The cultural linkages between India and Indonesia have to be leveraged, as a foreign policy tool, to take India-Indonesia relations to the next level.

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