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....

ILP – Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Bihari migrants have taken Manipuri surnames – someone has issued the papers. Bangladeshis and Nepalis besides other non locals, possess local residential certificates and voter ID Cards– someone has issued the papers. That someone is and always will be an educated son of the soil. Following this trend, the sinister is written on the wall. The moment ILP gets its legal sanction in Manipur and the...

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...

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 Even the North Eastern Council has been nothing more than a medium for providing parking space to outdated...

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,...

EDITORIAL: Look East Head West? Rehashed Script

The economy of the country is supposed to be galloping at a healthy 8 pc growth and India is among the countries, besides Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa, projected as the next big thing to happen in the world. An emerging star, we may say and this has come about primarily after the country opened up her economy from the early part of the 90s and the results of the new economy can be seen in...

Manipur Mortgaged

Introduction Specter of economic crisis looms over Manipur. It is a crisis characterized by: (a) dependence on the import of commodity and money, (b) capital accumulation at the market dominantly controlled by Indian monopolists that the drain wealth of the people, (c) corruption, misappropriation and mismanagement of fund by state mercenaries and (d) comparative underdevelopment that has serious repercussions...

Local Dynamics, Universal Context: Border Trading Through Moreh, Manipur

A small hill town in the state of Manipur bordering Myanmar, Moreh has come to be the focus of a great deal of attention since it was declared a Free Trade Zone by the Government of India in 1995. Though there are literally no reliable official estimates of the volume of the trade that passes through this town, the need for promoting trade through this point has by now produced a substantial body of...

Dr Meinya In Indian Delegation To Vietnam

NEW DELHI May 12: Seven-member Indian Parliamentary delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will leave for Vietnam tomorrow on a bilateral visit to enhance the ties between India and Vietnam which is the centre of India’s Look East Policy. The delegation will stay in Vietnam till May 17, 2011. During the visit of a 12-member Vietnamese Parliamentary delegation led by the Chairman of the National...

Widows In Chandel Highly Vulnerable To Exploitations

IMPHAL, May 9: Contrary to association with central security forces drawing cynicism from certain quarters for some women in distress consumer goods available at Canteen Supply Duty (CSD) units of various security stations is an opportunity to tide over inconveniences faced in the struggle for survival. While purchase of CSD items in bulk by an individual consumer is not entertained, for some person...

Workshop On Industrial And Investment Policy Held

IMPHAL, Apr 15: Contrary to the theme of a workshop organized by All Manipur Entrepreneurs’ Association at Classic Hotel today, Principal Secretary (Commerce & Industries) O Nabakishore has categorically stated that absence of a viable Industrial and Investment Policy is the chief factor for the State lagging far behind others in the race towards industrial development. Speaking as chief guest...

Looking South Makes Sense

LOOKING south from the North-east region of India does not in any way imply that we look at the states of South India, one of which is the homeland of Union home minister P Chidambaram. Indeed, going by what was Wikileaked, Chidambaram would just as well have nothing to do with North India, much less a troubled frontier like ours in the North-east, which presumably takes up much of his quality time. In...

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...