At independence and for the subsequent years India was economically quite weak. India remained a democracy shunning any form of radical dictatorship, yet chose ideology, not national interest to guide her foreign policy path over the next 40 odd years. Despite economic and development problems the government made the conscious choice for ideological reasons to exclude from its development its rather rich Diaspora. The expatriate Asian was a victim of this form of government and what could have been a mutually beneficial relationship did not develop. As a result of these policies India's development suffered.