The Centre wants a branch of the Netaji Research Bureau in Delhi to bring into greater focus the life and work of Subhas Chandra Bose whose writings form the basis of the country's Look East Policy, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday.
"Delhi being our national capital, a Centre of Netaji Research Bureau is needed there, keeping its main activities here. The Prime Minister is also willing. We will have to make this happen," Mukherjes said at the traditional gathering at Netaji's ancestral house in Kolkata on the occasion of his 111th birth anniversary.
Stating that the possibilities of India's greater ties with the eastern countries had been indicated by Netaji in his writings, Mukherjee said that the government's Look East policy was based on Bose's ideas.
He said, "Until 1914, the then Burma (now Myanmar) was under the jurisdiction of the Calcutta University. Upto 1930, Burma was being administered from India."
Pointing out that trade between India and the 15 eastern countries stood at USD 330 billion, he said of this USD 150 billion were export earnings while import expenditure accounted for USD 150 billion. "We need to increase economic ties with these countries."
The gathering was organised by the Netaji Research Bureau.