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THE RISE AND DECLINE OF INDIAN TRADING COMMUNITY IN CENTRAL ASIA

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India’s interaction with Central Asia has a paradox. There is a long history of continuous flow of peoples and ideas between the two regions but today India is certainly not among the most important players there. The paper traces the rise of Indian trading community in Central Asia between 16th and 19th Centuries. The factors responsible for increased trade between the two regions and the presence of large number of Indian merchants and money-lenders in Central Asia have been discussed. The accounts of English and Indian travellers give interesting and useful details about the life and activities of the ‘Hindu traders’ in Central Asia. Finally, the reasons behind the decline of India’s trade with Central Asia have been analysed

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