The iron lady of today's opposition politics in India argues (rightly so) that:
- "A maritime perspective necessarily means sea power but I do not imply by this just the need for a strong navy. It is rather a web of economic, commercial and political ties with the countries in Southeast Asia and North Asia, as well as the wider Pacific community, that we have to reach out to. This perspective, in fact, means also returning to our roots in ancient maritime history — the Mauryas, the Chalukyas, the Cholas and other kingdoms and dynasties who were flourishing maritime entities... It is my view and conviction that in the next decade or two we will see a full flowering of this maritime perspective in India with its attendant scholarship and also retrieving from the annals of history our ancient and historical links with the countries of Southeast Asia and beyond."