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...

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...

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...

India-ASEAN Business Fair and Business Conclave Kicks Off In New Delhi

Manipur delegates at the India-ASEAN Business Fair & Business Conclave 2011, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Image Credit: Naharolgi Thoudang. NEW DELHI, Mar 2: India-ASEAN Business Fair and Business Conclave-2011 kicked off at Pragati Maidan (Exhibition Ground), the venue of Asia’s largest business fair, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The five-day Fair (2-6 March), inaugurated by India’s Commerce...

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...

Extortion! The Big Business In Manipur

Manipur Film Actresses on protest against UG Demands... Photo India’s northeast region is on the road to peace and development, but the denizens in trouble-torn Manipur still continue to yearn to enjoy the peace dividend. Manipur, the state located at the border, and having the potential to be benefited the most with India’s Look East Policy towards ASEAN nations continues to reel under...

India’s Look East Policy

File Photo... ASEAN+India Summit 2004 Analytical perspectives from the political, economic and military lenses Post-Cold War, India has an improved interest in South East Asia. India has to compete against a formidable rival, China, on many fronts. ERIC KOO PENG KUAN analyses what factors make the Look East Policy important to India, the response of South East Asia towards India’s new economic...

Ibobi Singh Government Deludes AICC

‘India now seems to be a beautiful radiant bride. There are so many bridegrooms always around’. This was a lovely compliment from the Russian Ambassador to the rising India which is visited by the leaders of the most powerful countries of the world ‘“ the American President, the French President, the Chinese Premier, the Russian President ‘“ within weeks, and of course,...

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...

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...

Myanmar Elections 2010- III: ASEAN’S Ambivalence

In the ASEAN discourse, an amalgamated security community is least likely to occur when most of its member states are facing internal political difficulties. The non-interference in one another’s internal affairs policy of ASEAN has undermined any past effort to deal with internal political difficulties. As a result ASEAN has once again failed to offer a firm and regionally-approved approach...