Towards a Perspective on the Look (Act) East Policy and Northeast India

  • Atul Sarma
  • Saswati Choudhury


While the potential for developing resource rich Northeast India and South East Asia through economic complementarities is immense, the existing transport and communication network within the Northeast and between the two regions results in high transportation costs and a fragmented market . Given large unexplored domains of demography and economy of the region, it continues to be isolated and landlocked even after a decade of envisioning Northeast India within the Look East Policy framework. Mainstreaming Northeast India’s development concerns within the Look (Act) East Policy will provide a development frame of the region given it’s locational advantage with S.E. Asia. Region’s resource endowment provides a sound rationale for making it central within the Look (Act) East Policy instead of being a mere gateway.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Atul Sarma
    • 1
  • Saswati Choudhury
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Human DevelopmentNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.OKD Institute of Social Change and DevelopmentGuwahatiIndia

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