Look East Policy, Sub-regional Connectivity Projects and Northeast India

  • H. Srikanth


Peripheral and landlocked regions located within nation states are victims of various kinds of social, economic and political handicaps. Since their problems cannot be adequately addressed within the nation state framework, it makes sense to explore the possibilities of sub-regional cooperation with neighbouring countries. Seen from this angle, sub-regional connectivity projects approved by the Indian government as part of its Look (Act) East Policy seem logical and necessary for the development of India’s landlocked Northeast Region. The sub-regional connectivity projects under BIMSTEC, BCIM and MGP have aroused considerable public expectations in the Northeast. But in the absence of effective physical connectivity linking the villages, towns and cities within the peripheral regions, their impact on local economies remains limited and may prove to be counter-productive.


Connectivity Landlocked region Trade Ethnic militancy Northeast 


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  • H. Srikanth
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceNorth Eastern Hill UniversityShillongIndia

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