Locating Northeast India in the Look (Act) East Policy of India

  • Saswati Choudhury


India’s engagement with East and South East Asian countries since the 1980s has largely been phrased as “Look East Policy” which subsumes within it India’s economic, social and strategic engagement with ASEAN and Far Eastern countries. Although the Government of India has recognized the importance of overland connectivity to South East Asia through Northeast India, the region is yet to take centre stage in the larger framework of the Policy. Notwithstanding the security concerns of Government of India, the region also has its own deficits in terms of weak intraregional connectivity, low urbanization, a weak manufacturing base and low economic growth. There is need for prioritization of action in respect of connectivity, harmonization of policies and developing an integrated market within the region to be part of regional cooperation.


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  • Saswati Choudhury
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  1. 1.OKD Institute of Social Change and DevelopmentGuwahatiIndia

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