Integrating Northeast with South East Asia: Great Expectations and Ground Realities
While the Northeast Region of India has received a good deal of attention from the Government of India, development initiatives in the region have lacked a well-articulated policy framework. Two paradigms have dominated the Government of India’s Northeast India policy. One relates to overstress on security/strategic considerations rather than on economic aspects; the other relates to the minimum intervention in traditional systems and institutions of the hill economy, which has led to their non-compatibility with the functioning of a market system. The author attempts to analyse the proposition of Northeast India’s economic integration with the East and South East Asian countries and the possible gains to the region. The chapter discusses what initiatives the Northeast should take to maximize the economic gains through its integration with the South East Asian economies.
KeywordsNortheast India Economic integration Inward looking policy LEP Biodiversities
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