Increasing tension and hostility policy between the countries which have the chance to build strong relationships with each other or the policy to keep these countries away from each other is one of the Global system’s Strategy used against rival and enemy countries. Turkey-India relations is one of the example to be tried hard to manipulate especially by England and Western World. At the same time, it won’t be wrong if we say that Western Superior Mind have used “Friendly Country” relationships between Turkey-Pakistan as a means of positioning Turkey against India since the independence of Pakistan. In addition that, during the colonization process, conflict occurring between the Muslims and the Hindus, triggered by English imperialism, gave rise to the idea that “native people have a lack of ability to govern themselves”.
On the other hand, the gathering of Muslims and Hindus under the banner of Indian nationalism in the struggle with British colonial rule has become one of the most remarkable aspects of Indian national resistance. To avoid similar pitfalls of global powers, Turkey and India need to be closely acquainted each other. In this context, there is no doubt that historical references can be a mainstay for Turkey-India relations. Jeo-strategic position of Turkey between Asia and Europe and geo-strategic position of India among West-Asia, Far-East and South-East Asia is important reference to get both India and Turkey closer. In addition, Turkey, as a country located on the sea port,
There are many opportunities to develop new visions in the tourism area through new approaches beetwen Turkey and India. Apart from this, Turkey have opportunities to develop relationships with India in any field, Turkey may make a contribution to the solution of Kashmir problem, which has become a global problem in recent years, as Turkey did in the event of Pakistan-Afghanistan border conflict in 1956. Therewithal, the presence of Turkish origin communities living in the land of India, is encouraging to delivery Turkey's language and culture assets to the region. This process will undoubtedly contribute to the strengthening of the relationship between peoples of the two countries by establishing ties with the past.
As for this purpose, in the report, besides general information about India; the history, geography and culture of India are also mentioned. On the other hand, perspectives and suggestions are given in such fields; Information, Trade, Art & Culture and Tourism, which have the potential to play the key role on the development of Turkey-India relationships. It is also emphasized the importance of establishing close relations with Muslim populations with more than 500 million inhabitants living in the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh).
In report, it is also pointed out the racist tendencies that have climbed up in India in recent years, and the Kashmir problem that has been going on for a long time, pointing out not only the violations that have been experienced in recent years but also possible violations that can be experince in the future. Strategies for this purpose have been presented being aware that relations developed in the field of politics, economy and culture-art have vital importance in solving the problems.
In that vein, the Turkey's priorities in it’s policy towards the region can be expressed as follows.:
Turkey should make a contribution to the establisment of regional peace at Sub-continent by cooperating with The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), BRICS, D-8, Quinted Shangai, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Japan, Indoneisa, Malaysia and some Arabic Countries, in addition, Turkey should give support for the development of education, trade and economy.
Relations among all three countries in the Indian Sub-continent (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) should be directed to meet the common denominator by Turkey. So, Turkey and should lead in the policies on this area.
Sustainable contacts should be established with non-governmental organizations representing India's approximately 150 million Muslim population, and closer ties should be established with India, which is one of the countries with the largest Muslim population in the world.
Turkey should support the efforts to build social peace among Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh religious groups in India.
Educational, religious, cultural and political relations with India, Bangladesh and Pakistan should be structured to be multifaceted and sustainable in a way that will serve regional peace.
Students from India in growing numbers with a different types of religion, etnic group and language should be given oppotunity to study and recieve education in Turkey.
The Turkish Academic Environment should contribute to the constructive process between Turkey and India by doing research primarly on Indian history and rich Indian culture and then on medicine, space sciences and engineering which have shown significant progress in recent times.
Societies should be encouraged to know each other closely with the help of tourism and cultural change programs.
Historical, socio-religious and socio-cultural, economic and politic academic researches should be encouraged and the number of these researches should be increased and finally common ground workshops should be established via instutitions.
Our study basically aims to break down the prejudices that have been crated by Western World between Turkey and India, two ancient civilizations that have influenced each other in the historical process.
Thursday, March 29, 2018/ iSTANBUL
International Center for the Watching Violations of Rights(UHIM)