India’s Low-Hanging Economic Fruit Is In The East – The North East

It is good that the verdict of the 2014 general elections is clear and not a fractured one like in 1996 or 1998. The new BJP Prime Minister will find an economy that is on the slide, unemployment on the rise, and security threats worsening due to the emergence of a new cold war, among other things. On top of it all are the heightened expectations of a young and restless population. But the first challenge...

Manipur: How To Kill A Highway

The malaise in Manipur continues to undermine Manipur’s ethnic equity and economic development- including the promise of hydrocarbons and minerals. Image Credit: Google Maps. The highway and its hinterland have more sinister applications than micro-politics and emotions run amok. Malaise de Manipur, a worrying condition of sub-continental drift, has a way of infecting things. It weakens India’s...

North East In India’s Agenda: Transition From Pretensions To Real Actions

The North East has all along been treated as the target for application of pretentions and insincerity by the federal government of India so far. Any development intervention has all been pretentious efforts to hoodwink and inculcate a culture of corruption among the population in this region. Even the North Eastern Council has been nothing more than a medium for providing parking space to outdated...

Myanmar Rises In India’s Strategic Calculus

English: Burma (Myanmar) (dark green) / ASEAN (dark grey) (Image Credit: Wikipedia) India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Myanmar on Aug 8-11 to attend a number of meetings held in Nay Pyi Taw to boost New Delhi’s ties with ASEAN and other Asia-Pacific nations. Swaraj also held bilateral talks with the leaders of the host country, Myanmar, as part of the Narendra Modi government’s...

Modi Government To Give Greater Push To Look East Policy: Sushma

HANOI, Aug 26: The Narendra Modi government will strive to give a greater push to India’s Look East Policy, turning it into “acting East”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in the Vietnamese capital Sunday as she arrived on a three-day visit. Sushma Swaraj, addressing a gathering of the Indian Diaspora here, said the Modi government, which rode to power on the back of a huge mandate,...

Kaladan Corridor Project Likely To Be completed by 2016: VK Singh

India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway. (Image Credit: The Hindu) NEW DELHI, Aug 14: Two major transport projects –Kaladan Multi-modal Transit and India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway — which will link India with a number of ASEAN countries are likely to be completed by 2016. Union Minister V K Singh said this while noting that the two projects will open up the northeastern region...

Erabot, TN Hard Sells State’s Potential To Investors

IMPHAL, Apr 27 : Highlighting the rich potential that Manipur has to offer for various industrial sectors, Industry Minister Y Erabot and his Cabinet colleague TN Haokip, who holds the Tourism portfolio, have urged investors of the country to set up business units in the State. The focal sectors include tourism, agriculture, horticulture, mineral resources, IT, power, fisheries and health services...

China Entices Myanmar As India Struggles To ‘Look East’

The Chinese National Petroleum Corporation has offered aid worth $6 million to Myanmar for building hospitals. This is no philanthropy, but an exercise aimed at pushing Myanmar to speed up laying the planned 878 km-long crude pipeline. In other words, a move to secure China’s access to Myanmar’s oil reserves.1 Simultaneously, a 2,389 km pipeline from Kyakphu in Myanmar to China’s Yunnan province...

Notorious “Golden Triangle”: India’s Golden Opportunity

The Golden Triangle is an area of around 350,000 sq. kms. that overlaps the mountain regions of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province of China. The Golden Triangle is infamous for being one of the most extensive opium-producing areas in the world since the 1950s. Opium-based products from Myanmar, the second largest illicit opium-producing country in the world after Afghanistan, are...

New Boost To Trans-Border Trade With SE Asia

IMPHAL, Mar 27: In a landmark event and a big boost towards opening and boosting cross-border trade among India, Myanmar and Thailand, a trilateral trade conference was held the Water World, Tamu yesterday. The Thai delegates attending the conference were led by the Thai-Myanmar Border Trade in-charge Tharodol Thongruang, Myanmar while the Myanmarese delegates were headed by vice-president of the Trade...

Meet Deliberates On Look East Policy

Local community clearing the path for a road. IMPHAL, Mar 4 : Taking due note of the crucial site occupied by Manipur in the overall design of the Government of India’s Look  East Policy (LEP), a public seminar was organized today at H Kotlenphai village, Chandel on LEP and its possible impacts under the aegis of the Kuki NGOs Network, Chandel district. Speaking at the seminar, MLA Thangkholun Haokip...

India-ASEAN Business Fair To Leverage Brand India

Delegates at the India-ASEAN business conclave 2011 in New Delhi. India’s search for economic and strategic space in changing world order resulted in ‘Look East’ Policy. The bedrock of this policy is to foster economic and security cooperation with our east neighboring countries. Believing in philosophy of the Look East Policy, India is aiming at leveraging its economic and strategic interest...

The Dragon Breathes On Neck, As We Look East

Chinese political influence or military presence astride oil routes. Image Credit: The Coloured Journal. Is India with her ‘intensified engagement’ in South East Asia through ‘Look East Policy’, capable enough of effectively facing the increased Chinese strategic options in the region and in Indian Ocean? As Sudhir Devare former Ambassador and Secretary to MEA who was also actively...