Book title: RECONNECTING INDIA AND CENTRAL ASIA: Emerging Security and Economic Dimensions
Author(s): Nirmala Joshi
ISBN: 9788182744936
Publication Year: 2011
Binding: HB
Pages: 206
Price: Rs. 595
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About the Book:

This book constitutes an overview of the emerging and deepening relations between India and Central Asia in both the political and economic fields. The stability and security of Central Asia is of prime importance for India, which it considers part of its extended neighborhood. Intertwined with Indian concerns is the stability of Afghanistan, where it is vigorously involved in reconstruction activities. So far, India has been active mainly in infrastructure, trade, education, health and technology in the region. With enhanced economic engagement, India can help build capacities in areas such as agriculture, information technology, service industries, science & technology and media. Conversely, India’s increasing need for energy can be addressed by the energy-rich Central Asian countries, while improved transportation networks could provide a boost to continental trade across the region, benefiting India. Integrating South and Central Asia would result in vast economic benefits to all the stakeholders involved, leading to a positive outcome for stability and security in the region. 



About the Author:

Prof. Nirmala Joshi is Director of India Central Asia Foundation, an independent think tank based in New Delhi. Earlier, She was Professor and head at the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi. She was also Director of University Grants Commission (UGC) programme on Russia & Central Asia at JNU. She was also Member of the UGC’s Committee on Area Study programmes and Member of the Indo-Russian Commission for Cooperation in Social Sciences supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research. She is an Executive Council Member of the Indian Council of World Affairs and Member of UGC’s Committees for evaluation of State universities. Editor of a book Central Asia: the Great Game Replayed : An Indian Perspective (2003), currently she is working on “Central Asia’s Security Concerns: Implications for India”. Prof. Joshi has participated in numerous national and international conferences and has several research papers to her credit.


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