Indian Maritime and Security Interests With a Special Relevance to the Gulf Region

Indian Maritime and Security Interests With a Special Relevance to the Gulf Region

  • 6 February 2007

In his lecture, Admiral Sureesh Mehta discussed India’s
broad strategic perspectives, particularly the significance
of the maritime dimension and challenges to maritime
security, and highlighted the importance of the Gulf in
the Indian strategic calculus. He mentioned a number of
India’s cultural, historical, geographical and population
resources, saying that India is a modern state that had
gained independence 60 years ago. Mehta discussed
how the economic projections indicate that its economy
will be the world’s 4th largest by 2020 and the 2nd largest
by 2050. He said the geo-strategic location and close
proximity of the Gulf is important to India from both
the economic and security viewpoints. Centuries-old
interactions between India and the Gulf region and the
region’s centrality in the Islamic world make the Gulf
politically important. India and the Gulf states enjoy
a strong and friendly relationship based on historical
contacts, and shared traditions and values. He added
that the asymmetric threats to shipping and maritime
trade do not augur well for the economy of the Indian
Ocean Region and Gulf littoral states. There is a need for
these countries to advance cooperative security ventures
and formulate new ideas of collective maritime security
if peace, tranquility and economic well-being are to
reign supreme.

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Tuesday 6 February 2007

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Tuesday 6 February 2007

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