India’s quest for a road to Central Asia
- For years, New Delhi has been diligently exploring a possible route via Iran and Afghanistan. Is it a lost cause?
- Though India and the Central Asian Republics are natural allies due to their common concerns regarding terrorism, trade with the region has languished at about $2 billion a year.
NEW DELHI : In a speech at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meet on 17 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dwelt on how Central Asia had been a connectivity bridge between various regional markets at different points in history. In the 21st century, he said, India was committed to increasing its connectivity with land-locked Central Asia.