warm relations with Malaysia, especially since the recent changes of leadershipin both countries. However, disputes still exist over issues such as the sale of water and territorial claims over Pedra Branca.”Singapore has played a significant part in India’s march to Independence. ManyIndian revolutionaries sought a haven here in their fight against the British Raj.Rash Bihari Bose, Netaji Subhash Bose, General Mohan Singh, K.P.K Menon,Lakshmi Sehgal of Rani Jhansi Brigade, all flocked to Singapore and carried theiranti-British activities. Netaji’s famous radio broadcast predicting the fall of theBritish Empire after the British surrender to the Japanese and the formation of theIndian National Army are all associated with Singapore. It was Padang, a part of Singapore, where Netaji first gave the Indian National Army (INA) its war cry of
Since 1993, there has been a spurt of activity between India and Singapore, bothrecognizing each other’s importance and role in the South-East region of Asia. InFebruary 1993, the two countries signed an MOU for co-operation in the Arts,Archives and Heritage, renewable biannually. Under this agreement, severalcultural events have been organized, both in India and in Singapore.
one of India’s leading English dailies, has a resident correspondent based inSingapore. Apart from government to government initiatives, the Singapore FineArts Society, Nrityalaya, Kalamandir, the Expatriate Indian Women’s Club andother similar societies actively propagate Indian culture. Indian films and musicare widely distributed in Singapore on a commercial basis, targeted at the Indian-origin community and resident NRIs. There is no regular educational exchangeprogramme between India and Singapore, though Indian students are studying onindividual initiative. Many of them enjoy scholarships offered by local institutions,including Singapore Airlines. The increasingly close relations between India and Singapore in recent years aredramatically reflected in expanding bilateral trade and investment. The majoritems of Indian exports to Singapore are textile manufactures, including appareland yarn, precious stones and pearls, parts for office and data machines,aluminium, electrical machinery, fish and fish products, fruits and vegetables.India’s imports from Singapore are petroleum products, electronic valves,telecommunication equipment, electrical machinery, office and data processingmachines, metallic ores/scrap, organic chemicals, primary plastics and scientificinstruments. The Singapore public and private sectors (including NRIs) have invested in a widevariety of projects in India, such as logistics, electronics, software, health services,construction, industrial parks and other real estate linked projects. Several MNCsare routing their investments in India through their Singapore subsidiaries. Majorinternational investment banks, chartered accountancy and managementconsultancy firms have made Singapore their regional headquarters for servicingthe Indian market. Singapore’s Trade Development Board and EconomicDevelopment Board have offices in India. Task forces to facilitate generaleconomic co-operation and co-operation in information technology have been setup.Besides seeking investments from Singapore, India looks to Singapore as agateway to the whole Asia-Pacific region. Many Indian trading and software