India is not a stranger to Southeast Asian states and to the regions beyond it

India is not a stranger to Southeast Asian states and to the regions beyond it, due to its deep historical, cultural and maritime bonds with them. After independence, India looked forward to carve a role for itself in the Asian continent. Nehru, as the architect of independent India’s foreign policy, in general and its Asia policy in particular was aimed at building Asian solidarity. He took in to account the aspiration of a newly independent and resurgent Asia. Consequently, while speaking in the Asian Relations Conference in New Delhi, in March 1947, he observed that, ‘We are of Asia and the people of Asia are nearer and closer to us than others. India is so situated that she is the pivot of Western, Southern and Southeast Asia. In the past, her cultural flowed to all these countries and they came to her in many ways. These contacts are being renewed and the future is bounds to sea a close union between India and Southeast Asia.