The North-East Steering India’s Look-East Policy

The Look East Policy of India, framed by the Narasimha Rao government in the early nineties, is a substantial manifestation of India’s focused foreign policy orientation towards South East Asia; an immensely resourceful and flourishing region. The economy of South East Asia is a virtually untapped market which is up for grabs by major regional economic entities such as India, China, Europe or...

India Building Up ‘Look East’ Ties

Manmohan Singh discusses India-Japan relations with Japanese Prime Minister Naota Kan. (Photo: AP) PRIME Minister Manmohan Singh’s three-nation visit to Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan marks a reassertion of India’s resolve to pursue its “Look East Policy” to achieve its strategic, geopolitical and economic goals. The signing of a commitment to expand trade with Malaysia next...

What is India’s Look East Policy?

India’s Look East policy, which was initiated in 1991, marked a strategic shift in India’s perspective of the world. It was developed and enacted during the government of Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and rigorously pursued by the successive governments of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh. The essential philosophy of the Look East policy is that India must find its destiny by...

Kaladan Multi-Modal Project In Myanmar

Lawngtlai District in South Mizoram... In April 2008, India and Myanmar signed an agreement on the US$110 million Kaladan multi-modal transit-cum-transport project, which would connect India’s land-locked Northeast with the southern coast of Myanmar. The project will be entirely funded by India and the Inland Waterways Authority of India has been appointed as project development consultant. The...

ASEAN-India: Trade In Goods Agreement

In 1991, India announced its ‘˜Look East’ Policy with a view to seeking greater engagement with East Asian countries building upon its historical links with these countries. India became a sectoral dialogue partner of the ASEAN in 1992. India became a Full Dialogue Partner of ASEAN at the 5th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok in 1995 and a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in 1996. With a...

Moreh Draws Myanmar Students

IMPHAL, Dec 4: In the aftermath of the launch of formal border trade between India and Myanmar through Moreh and Tamu, a number of Myanmarese students have started coming to Moreh to learn English at private schools located at the border town on the Indian side. Myanmarese students are also studying English medium text books published in different parts of India even at Mandalay. This was observed...

Machinery Gift Boosts Indo-Myanmar Ties

MOREH, Dec 5: To improve bilateral relation between the two neighboring countries, Government of India has provided a large quantity of equipments related to earth moving, surface transport, information and communication. On behalf of the Chief of Army, Government of India GOC 3 Corps Lt Gen NK Singh handed over four dozers, two motor graders from the side of Ministry of Defense as well as one Bolero,...

India’s Look East Policy – A Review

‘India’s Look East Policy is not merely an external economic policy; it is also a strategic shift in India’s vision of the world and India’s place in the evolving global economy. Most of all it is about reaching out to our civilizational neighbors in South East Asia and East Asia‘– Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Introduction In many ways the post Cold War external...

Editorial: India’s Look-East Policy

What is the nature of ‘national self-interest’ which is driving India’s Look East policy? British Prime Minister David Cameron visited India in July soon after he took office, United States President Barack Obama made his high-profile visit earlier this month and more high profile visits are in the offing ‘“ French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev...

The Future Of North-East ‘”Need To Look East Or Look All Around

Intelligentsia and policy makers in most quarters of North-East and New Delhi popularly believe that the future prospects of development and political stability of North-East India lie in the ‘˜Look East’ policy. They stress that communication channels need to be drawn through Myanmar and Thailand and trade links be established with the ASEAN Block in South-East Asia. As it is, North-East...

India And Myanmar: Looking East Through A Strategic Bridge

How significant is Myanmar to India‘s calculations? This paper examines the feasibility of closer India-Myanmar relations, under the larger diagram of India’s Asia-centric Look East Policy (LEP). It delves into the major obstacles, the headway made so far and avenues that hold the potential for the same. UNDERSTANDING MYANMAR’S STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE Myanmar holds the promise of tremendous...

China, Myanmar Plan High-Speed Rail Link

BEIJING: China and Myanmar will soon hold discussions on a high-speed rail link between the two countries that is expected to boost trade and economic development in the region, a media report said on Monday. The rail link, covering 1,920 km, will connect China’s Kunming city, the capital of Yunnan province, with Myanmar’s largest city Yangon. The talks will begin in about two months,...

North-East India In A New Asia

When we look back over the last four decades of government policies towards the Northeast and ask the question, ‘˜What is it that has driven India’s approach to the Northeast?’, there are four dominant paradigms that stand out ‘“ through policy statements, through actions of successive governments and indeed through the process of interaction between the states of Northeast...