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Paraspara, encounters, and confluences: India's soft power objective in the Indo-Pacific region

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posted on 2017-10-01, 00:00 authored by A Singh, Amit Sarwal
The ties between India and the countries in the Indo-Pacific region go back to the pre-Christian era. Even today, Indian influence on the language, customs, and rituals is visible in Southeast Asia. The Hindu concepts of kingship, administrative institutions, and ceremonies that became deeply embedded in the royal culture of Southeast Asia were disrupted with the arrival of the colonial powers. These traditional linkages have become the key element of India's diplomacy—the “Look East” and the “Act East” policies. This article studies the background of India's sustained public and cultural diplomacy policy in bridging the gap between India, East Asia, and the Indo-Pacific countries in the context of the Act East policy. Using examples from Modi's yoga diplomacy, Bollywood, and Indian cultural festivals, the authors propose that these initiatives should be seen as part of a historical and traditional concept of “paraspara”—mutually sustainable and reciprocal diplomacy that taps into the opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Journal

Politics and policy

Volume

45

Issue

5

Season

Special issue: Soft power and public diplomacy in the Indo‐Pacific

Pagination

733 - 761

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

1555-5623

eISSN

1747-1346

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Policy Studies Organization

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