India`s engagment with the South-East Asia is not new. Historically, India`s political and cultural influence extended to the Indonesian archipelago. In its current incarnation, however, `India`s Look East Policy` was officially launched in 1991 during the tenure of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao. It is a part of the new realpolitik in evidence in India`s foreign policy, and the engagement with ASEAN is a part of the recongnation of the region to the country`s national interests.
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