Authored by HE Venu Rajamony – the Ambassador of India to the Netherlands, India and the Netherlands: Past, Present, Future is an elegant volume that meanders down history’s byways and presents vivid snapshots of India-Netherlands relations over the centuries. It brings to life the compelling personalities whose contributions shaped the Indo-Dutch discourse and skillfully strings together nuggets of little-known historical connections that India and the Netherlands share. Easy to read and highly informative, this lively record of the period of the Dutch East India Company in India and its one-time dominance over world trade, illustrates the ethos of a lost time, by presenting rare historical facts and outstanding art from museums and international private collections.
Insightfully informing interest in future India-Netherlands relations, the book covers the story of India and the Netherlands entirety from Past to Present, narrating the account of Suriname Indian in the Netherlands, highlighting the success of Dutch companies in India and vice versa, and making many more surprising revelations. It reminds us that India and the Netherlands, above all, share a cultural and intellectual resilience, which has outlasted the challenges of change.