Contents: Preface. 1. Indians in Central Asia : the first two decades of the twentieth century. 2. Indian freedom-fighters in Tashkent : 1917 - 1922 contesting ideologies : nationalism, Pan Islamism and Marxism. 3. A little known chapter : Indians in Central Asia from Mid-1920s to 1940s. 4. Intellectual encounters : Central Asians and Indian Studies 1950s to 1991. 5. The role of Indo-Central Asian relations in making a New Asia. Bibliography. Index.
"The book is a narrative of Indo-Central Asian contacts from November 1917 revolution in Russia to 2002 i.e. a decade following the emergence of sovereign independent nations in Central Asia.
After an initial spurt, the relations were virtually snapped but were restored after Stalin's death when Indo-Russian friendship prospered under Khrushchev. The new relationship, guided by the Soviet Government was mostly diplomatic and cultural.
The birth of sovereign independent nations in Central Asia necessitated redefining and restructuring of Indo-Central Asian relations. They have become multidimensional and mutually satisfying.
The book is useful for researchers and general readers interested in independent India's relationship with its neighbours." (jacket)