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The story of Hyderabad's globalisation
Sanjaya Baru | November 08, 2007
My interest in the link between India's external relations and the internal change in the country, elaborated in various essays and columns and published as The Strategic Consequences of India's Economic Performance (2006), was partly triggered by what I saw happening in Andhra Pradesh in the 1990s. My specific interest in this region's links with South-east Asia was shaped by former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao's 'Look East Policy'.
The end of the Cold War, India's economic opening up in 1991, the rise of the 'Asian Tigers' and of China, encouraged India to re-engage the region. It was Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao who conceptualised and launched India's 'Look East Policy'. In doing so, I suspect Shri Narasimha rao was not only inspired by Panditji's vision of India's relations with East and South-east Asia, but was also influenced by his own understanding of our civilisational links with the region. As a scholar familiar with the history of the region, Narasimha Rao would have known how deep run the roots of this region's links with Asia to our East.
My own research on India's relations with ASEAN opened my eyes to the depth and expanse of the human engagement across the Bay of Bengal littoral. Today, however, our relations with the ASEAN region are not just defined by history, geography, culture or even commerce. There is a growing people-to-people interaction and a growing congruence of strategic interests.
To be continued
This is the first part of a three-part series on 'The story of Hyderabad's globalisation' by Dr Sanjaya Baru