About the Conference
One of the salient aspects of International relations is the politics of linkages. Coupled with the theory of soft power it has, in recent times proved highly successful, with special reference to India.
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), formerly known as the Indian Ocean Rim Initiative and Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), is an international organization consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.The IORA is a regional forum, tripartite in nature, bringing together representatives of Government, Business and Academia, for promoting co-operation and closer interaction among them. It is based on the principles of Open Regionalism for strengthening Economic Cooperation particularly on Trade Facilitation and Investment, Promotion as well as Social Development of the region. The Coordinating Secretariat of IORA is located at Ebene, Mauritius.
India’s shared cultural and civilization trends with this region have had a palpable effect of turning it into an area of similarities. Examples of this civilization interchange abound: the continuing veneration of Rama IX of Chakri dynasty, or the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya in Thailand. Further, the reigning deity of the Temple of Prasat Preah Vihara of Cambodia is Lord Shiva, and the biggest Temple of the world at Angkor Wat of Cambodia is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, while the main influence of Lord Buddha on these countries is quite well-known. Read More........