GO­ING DUTCH

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King Willem-Alexan­der and Queen Max­ima of the Nether­lands will visit New Delhi later this month with a del­e­ga­tion of over 200 per­sons to boost ties with In­dia. As a cur­tain-raiser to the trip, the king re­ceived the first copy of In­dia and the Nether­lands,

au­thored by Venu Ra­ja­mony,

In­dia’s am­bas­sador in The Hague, at the book launch on Septem­ber 30. It tracks trade and cul­tural ties be­tween the two coun­tries— like the story of the 17th cen­tury Hor­tus Mal­abar­i­cus, one of the ear­li­est de­scrip­tions of Asi­atic fauna, or of Ger­rit Mosopatam, a 17th cen­tury Tamil na­tive and one of the first In­di­ans to visit the Nether­lands. A brief­ing note for the king when he meets PM Naren­dra Modi, who quoted an an­cient Tamil poet in the UN.

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