India–Africa Relations: Historical Goodwill and a Vision for the Future

  • Ajay Kumar Dubey
Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)


India and Africa shared a multidimensional relationship since ancient times. The geographical proximity and an easily navigable Indian Ocean brought the people of the two regions nearer to each other. During colonial times, soon after the conquest of Africa and for restructuring African economy, the free and voluntary relations of the past gave way to colonial needs and preferences. The relations between India and sovereign states of Africa were formally established when both sides gained independence. While the earlier pattern of their relationship was moulded in the colonial frame, it was considered by the leadership of newly independent states as highly inadequate to meet their developmental aspirations as reflected in their quest for South–South Cooperation. The new relationship is being developed on partnership model. As Indian connection is old, multidimensional and with strong historic ties, India enjoys tremendous goodwill in the continent. This chapter examines the historical relations between India and African countries as a resource for accelerating developmental cooperation under globalization. It will try to examine the strength and uniqueness of the historical foundation for the current Indo–African partnership in the twenty-first century.


Indian Ocean African Country Indian Ocean Region African Leader Liberation Struggle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UGC Centre for African Studies, School of International StudiesJawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)New DelhiIndia

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