Act East Policy Current Affairs - 2019

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Ramayana Themed Stamp Released by Indonesia

Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India.

About the Stamp

  • The stamp is designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta.
  • The stamp features a scene from Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Sita.
  • It is a specially signed version of the stamp will be on display at the Philately Museum in Jakarta.

India-Indonesia Bilateral Relations

India and Indonesia have shared close cultural and commercial contacts spanning back to two millennia. The Hindu, Buddhist and later Muslim faith travelled to Indonesia from the shores of India. The Indonesian folk art and dramas portray great influence from the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

The shared culture, colonial history and post-independence goals of political sovereignty, economic self-sufficiency and independent foreign policy had a unifying effect on the bilateral relations.

The foundation of the Non-Aligned Movement at the Asian-African Conference held in Bandung in 1955 and the adoption of India’s ‘Look East Policy’ in 1991, provided avenues for rapid development of bilateral relations in political, security, defence, commercial and cultural fields. The diplomatic relations have further received uplift with the Act East policy.

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10th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium Seminar held in Kochi

The 10th anniversary celebration of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) was held in Kochi, Kerela. The two-day seminar aims to discuss maritime issues pertaining to cooperative capacity-building to deal with common security concerns in the region. The theme for this year’s seminar was “IONS as Catalyst for SAGAR’. SAGAR stands for ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’. It is in consonance with India’s ‘Act East’ policy and nation’s diplomatic, economic and military outreach in the region.

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

It is voluntary regional forum that seeks to increase maritime co-operation among navies of littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing open and inclusive forum for discussion of regionally relevant maritime issues. It endeavours to generate flow of information between naval professionals that would lead to common understanding and possibly cooperative solutions on way ahead.

Under charter of business adopted in 2014, it has working groups on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), Information Security and Interoperability (IS&I) and anti-piracy now renamed as maritime security. It was launched in 2008 by India Navy, since then biennial meetings among the littoral states are held.

It has total 35 member nations grouped into four sub-regions.

  • South Asian Littorals: India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Seychelles and Sri Lanka
  • West Asian Littorals: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen
  • East African Littorals: Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eriteria, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan and Tanzania
  • South East Asian and Australian Littorals: Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste.
  • Observer Countries: China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia and Spain.

Month: Categories: Governance & Politics

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