NEW DELHI: Ancient Buddhist bonds which linked India to South East Asian countries form the subject of a new film and exhibition that will seek to strengthen ties with the ASEAN nations.

“The entire purpose of the film and exhibition is to create more bonds that linked India with these countries in the past, but that aren’t there now. We have all been turning to the West instead of linking with each other,” historian Benoy K. Bahl told PTI in an interview.

A ninth century stupa in Indonesia, the tallest in the world, finds a place in Mr. Bahl’s film that documents the shared Buddhist heritage of the countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations.

The Borobudur stupa in Java is another monument he has included in his documentary, which trails Buddhist traditions across Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. — PTI

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