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On 25 January 2011, after talks by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, India and Indonesia had signed business deals worth billions of dollars and set an ambitious target of doubling trade over the next five years.Historically, Indonesian archipelago was heavily influenced by dharmic civilization of India.Indian-Indonesian relations refer to the bilateral relations of India and Indonesia. India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Indonesia along the Andaman Sea.The Indian-Indonesian relationship stretch back for almost two millennia.An example of deep Hindu-Buddhist influence in Indonesian history is 9th century Borobudur and Prambanan temples.Even after the adoption of Islam, the link between two countries remained strong; not only because India has a significant population of Muslims herself.
To promote Indian culture in Indonesia, the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Centre was established in Jakarta in 1989, featuring a library and providing lessons on Indian culture, as well as promoting art such as Yoga, Indian music and dance.
The name Indonesia derives from the Latin Indus, meaning "India", and the Greek nesos, meaning "island".
(due to the similarity of the culture in both regions).
According to a 2013 BBC World Service Poll, 51% of Indonesians view India's influence positively, with 21% expressing a negative view.
Indians had visited Indonesia since ancient times, and ancient Indonesian (Austronesian people) has embarked in maritime trade in Southeast Asian seas and Indian Ocean.
Indonesia entered its historical period after the adoption of Pallawa script and Sanskrit language from India as evidence in some of earliest inscriptions dated from Indonesia's oldest kingdoms such as the Yupa of Kutai, Tugu of Tarumanagara and historical records of Kalingga.