Book Launched To Mark 50 Years Of Diplomatic Ties With India

February 11, 2015 –┬áSingapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam has launched a book to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties with India. The book launch was held at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.

Dr Tan is on a four-day state visit to India, his first to the country.

Titled Singapore And India – Towards A Shared Future, the coffee table book commissioned by the Institute of South Asian Studies highlights key milestones in the countries’ relationship.

In his foreword, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the commemorative book is a “timely reminder of the strong and enduring friendship between the two countries”.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that over the past 50 years, both sides have built a comprehensive relationship that has contributed to prosperity and stability in the region.

Professor Tan Tai Yong, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies, said: “If you want a single volume that explains and captures and narrates this story of how Singapore and India have related to each other over a long period of time, this will be the volume. It presents in a very concise and consolidated manner, the kind of relationship that has evolved over time.”

Moving forward, Singapore has said that it wants to contribute to India’s success story. Both sides will embark on a Strategic Partnership this year, with Singapore helping India build “Smart Cities” across the country. This coincides with Mr Modi’s priorities to strengthen the Indian economy, improve infrastructure and boost investor confidence.

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