In the midst of the third largest ocean in the world, India’s location is in many ways her destiny. India’s maritime link with other countries spans over 3000 years of human civilisation. Fantastic tales and gut-wrenching stories of wars and voyages have been scripted by sailors and soldiers in search of India. Today, as India embarks on its economic leap, never more has there been an important time to revisit the idea of India and its decisive role in maritime co-operation. From cotton to crude oil India is at the centre in these events that have defined our world in the 21st century.