"India and Turkmenistan, regions of the fabled Silk Road from an extended
neighborhood bound by common cultural, linguistic and historical destinies.
In the century of a rising Asia, both India and Turkmenistan hold strategic
geo-political significance. While India is a regional power with an increasing global
influence. Turkmenistan is a key connector to Central Asia. The recently inagurated
Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran rail links. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Connect
Central Asia Policy, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline and many
other projects represent ambitions of regional cohesion for economic prosperity and
In a unique region of incredible diversity, there is plenty that holds India and
Turkmenistan together; including the foundations that define their outlook to the world.
While Turkmenistan completes twenty-one years of adoption of its policy of Positive
Neutrality and Peace. India has historically been a key proponent of the Non-aligned
Movement and expresses its intent to pursue a doctrine of peace essential to its vision of
`vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' i.e. the world as one family.
There remains a large scope for cultural study as well as people to people contact to
strengthen mutual understanding between the two countries. This book is an effort to
collect thoughts of experts on the India-Turkmenistan relations."