Chapter 6

India-Central Asia Relations

December 1991 marked the new beginning in the history of international relations because of the disintegration of Soviet Union, which ended the ‘bi-polarity of world order’ and led to the emergence of new 15 Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) including five Central Asian republics namely Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. India always had good relationship with erstwhile Soviet Union, so it was not a big problem for it to continue the same relationship with central Asian countries.

India and central Asian countries were having the past linkages even before the USSR. The famous silk route was one of the main routes which connected both regions not only commercially but ...

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