INS Taranginis adventures should rekindle interest of the general public in Indias historic maritime capabilities and enable policymakers and media to understand that while New Delhi may be landlocked and located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Indias more dynamic regions are all along the coast and have been part of the coasts global economy. It is not a coincidence that the Indian Ocean is the only ocean in the world named after a people. The recent spurt in maritime historiography, best epitomised by the spectacular work of historians like Sanjay Subrahmanyam, shows that the Indian sub-continent was actively engaged with the global economy long before Europeans entered the waters around it and that Indians have had a proud maritime record, more often benign in intent and impact. The sea was the route to trade and spread ideas rather than the conquest of nations and peoples. While India will continue to remain a benign maritime power, the huge increase in maritime trade in the Indian Ocean region, with goods and energy resources flowing both ways across the ocean, has increased Indias profile as a guarantor of peace, security and stability of commerce in the region. The spate of naval exercises India is conducting with a range of seafaring powers between the Persian Gulf and the Straits of Malacca testifies to the international acceptance of Indias role and responsibilities in the region.