Indeed, why this choice? Our reasons are threefold. They are first of historical order; the Indian Ocean has excited the greed of European imperialism and the 19th century “Anglo-centric” dynamic, with the predominance of the British Pound, is explained by the control of its waters by Great Britain. This dynamic was challenged by all the powers of the globe, which, ipso facto, spawned conflicts that culminated in the two world wars of the 20th century. Our current situation of colonized Europeans, is therefore partly due to imbalances that once affected the countries bathed by the Indian Ocean.
Second reason for our choice: the Indian Ocean is a microcosm of the planet because of the extreme diversity of populations living on its periphery. It is the space where the Hindu, Arab-Muslim, African and Far Eastern civilizations met and clashed. If one wishes to escape the sterilizing universalisms that want to reduce the world to the common denominator of consumerism and monotheism of values, the study of the confrontations and syncretisms that form the mosaic of the Indian Ocean is most instructive.
Third reason for our choice: to avoid a too European-centered reading of international political dynamics. The fate of Europe is currently being played out in all parts of the world and, given the mediocrity of the European political staff, the separatists of our continent, the free spirits, will naturally find a source of inspiration in the non-alignment previously advocated. by the Pandit Nehru, Soekarno, Mossadegh, Nasser, etc. The Indian diplomatic style is still inspired by Nehru’s principles of the 1950s. A non-aligned Europe will have as inevitable partner this India so concerned with its independence. Indian diplomacy thus proves to be pioneering and exemplary for European separatists who, one day, under the pressure of necessity, will shake off the American yoke and the Soviet yoke.