China At Your Doorstep: Looking East From India’s NorthEast

Myanmar and India have followed separate political paths since independence only to find it converging in recent times. Myanmar’s other neighbor China has had a much larger footprint in the country. India has to calibrate its engagement with Myanmar to not just effectively implement its Look East policy but also manage the contiguous border regions of Northeast India given the ground realities....

North-East: Accepting The Idea Of India

WHEN the North-East of India comes up for discussion in a public forum or figures in media coverage, the stock phrases used in conversations or dialogue usually give the impression that the entire region is engulfed in strife and confrontation. I am willing to bet that a majority of stories would be inspired by phrases such as “ethnic tension”, “racial discrimination”, “trouble spot”, “conflict...

INDIA: Denial Won’t Wish Away “Indian” Racism Against North Easterners

They did not speak Kannada, the language of the state they live in. They, therefore, were “legitimate” targets of violence in a city that has benefitted the most from India’s shift from Nehruvian Socialism to free market economy. The fact that they contribute to the city, and the province’s income, meant nothing. That they pay taxes that keep the country afloat had no value. They were, after...

Racial Attack In Bangalore: Manipuri Assaulted For Not Speaking In Kannada, Told ‘This Is India Not China’

Michael Lamjathang Haokip at Kothanur police station. (Image Credit: Sudipto Mondal/HT Phot) In a fresh incident of a racial attack on people from the north-east, a Manipuri student leader was reportedly assaulted in Bangalore late on Tuesday, once again raising fears among the large north-east community in the city. According to Hindustan Times, 26-year-old T Michael Lamjathang Haokip, president of...

Traditional Method Of Making Clothes Of The Zeliangrong

Material culture has two distinct but inseparable aspects. One aspect is the utilitarian side; it deals with the fulfillment of wants for biological livelihood of man, and its finish products appear different from place to place depending upon the natural conditions including the availability of raw materials. These products are, at the same time, the results of reason and can be considered as scientific...

BOOK EXTRACT: Indo-Myanmar Cross-Border Trade: A Passage To Asian Prosperity Or A Dead End

End of the Cold War followed by successful conclusion of the Uruguay Round in the last decade of the twentieth century saw a surge in economic integration among countries around the globe. The climate of trans-national economic cooperation opened up the prospect of increased cross-border trade among neighboring countries. In virtually land-locked Northeast Region of India, which is surrounded by China,...

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,...

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...

Vultures Eye Of China On North-East Bharat – I

Beijing is using militant groups of the Northeast to extract information about the Bharatiya Army deployment in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Assam. China is also collecting the strategic classified information from Sikkim too. This was revealed by Anthony Shing (49) alias Ningkhan Shimray, the foreign affairs head of NSCN (IM) to National Investigation Agency...

China: “Southern Tibet” (Arunachal) ‘Invaded’ by India; Separating Northeast From India Can Be A Response From Beijing- Suggests Chinese Blogger

According to a blog article of an individual analyst in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) named Zao An, India’s dispatch of additional troops to ‘Southern Tibet’ (India’s Arunachal) may look ‘exploratory’ now, but it may signify New Delhi’s plan to use ‘Southern Tibet’  as a springboard to jump into the PRC’s hinterland. The article written under the ‘forum for discussions’...

Is it A New Chinese Ruse?

China might be indulging in a subterfuge by extending its stapled visa regime to Arunachal Pradesh. What is China up to? Is its latest action of issuing stapled visas to two persons from Arunachal Pradesh — which it lays claim to in entirety — a positive gesture, given that the Chinese embassy in Delhi had refused to give visa to a senior IAS officerfrom the State, Ganesh Koyu, in 2007, or...

No Change In Visa Policy For Residents Of Arunachal: China

Arunachal Pradesh. Image Credit: mapsofindia.com NEW DELHI, Jan 13: China on Thursday made it clear that it will not issue visas to any official from Arunachal Pradesh, over which it lays claims, and will continue to issue stapled visas to non-officials from that state. Speaking against the backdrop of reports that two Arunachal men have got stapled visas which was departure from past practice, an...

Arunachal Fights Back Against Apple’s China Appeasement

The iPhone 4 was recently released in China, and by the looks of it, Apple is stepping on sensitive lines to appease their yellow- buyers. Apparently, the Cupertino-based company has gifted the disputed Indian state to the most-populated country, and the inhabitants are not too pleased at this transgression. Image Source: trak.in The iPhone 4 was recently released in China, within 4 days of which a...