South Asia and Beyond

Using Soft Power To Revitalise Bilateral Ties

NEW DELHI: Culture and civilizational connections can be leveraged to give a fresh impetus to bilateral relationships, as India has been doing with some of its neighbours. The inauguration of an international airport at Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha attained mahaparinirvana, is the latest example and an attempt to bolster the somewhat strained relationship with Sri Lanka where China has been making inroads of late. But religious ties between India and Sri Lanka go beyond Buddhism, as StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale tells us in this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’.

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