This book offers an understanding of the expectations and challenges of Northeast India in the context of India's Act East policy. It critically examines how the policy is being pursued by the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government and analyses its relevance from local perspectives.

Contributors to the book provide an examination of the differences between Look East and Act East policy and explanations of the expectations of India's neighboring countries, particularly Myanmar, towards Northeast India. They ask the following questions: a) What is to be done to integrate India’s Northeast region meaningfully into the Act East policy? What is the motive of linking this policy with these states? How is this policy received by the local communities? b) What are the challenges of the Northeast region? What are their needs and priorities? How can these states showcase their potentials to Southeast Asia and East Asia? c) What is the significance of the changes from Look to Act East Policy? Has the regime change affected the continuity in the policy? What are the short- and long-term goals? d) What are the expectations of Southeast Asia and East Asia? By addressing these questions, they bridge the knowledge gaps that exist in the understating of the the Northeast region of India vis-à-vis the Act East policy.

The first book to combine a balanced view of India's Act East policy and Northeast India, it will be of interest to policy makers and academics in the fields of Development Studies, International Relations, Northeast India and South Asian Politics.

chapter |15 pages


ByM. Amarjeet Singh

part Part I|67 pages

The changing geopolitics

chapter 1|12 pages

Act East policy

Northeast India as a bridgehead to ASEAN
ByShristi Pukhrem

chapter 2|13 pages

Northeast India's critical role in harnessing the three Cs

Commerce, connectivity and culture in the Act East policy
ByMunmun Majumdar

chapter 3|13 pages

Act East policy and emerging economic geography in India's Northeast

ByRakhee Bhattacharya

chapter 4|14 pages

Connecting the borders

Northeast India and Myanmar
BySonu Trivedi

chapter 5|13 pages

Understanding Myanmar's perspective on India's Act East policy

An analysis
ByP.S. Ramya

part Part II|106 pages

Northeast India in the Act East policy

chapter 6|16 pages

Beyond ‘Frontier'

Cultural genealogy of India's Look East/Act East policy in Northeast India from a contemporary perspective
ByNandini Bhattacharyya Panda

chapter 7|15 pages

Contextualising India's Act East policy in the Northeast region

ByJiten Yumnam

chapter 8|14 pages

Potential of Northeast India as a corridor for international trade

With special reference to trade between Tripura and Bangladesh
ByBarnali Roy, Arobindo Mahato

chapter 9|13 pages

Borders as capillaries for economic exchanges

Nathula Pass in Sikkim and its implications for Northeast India
BySangay Lachenpa

chapter 10|17 pages

The Act East policy and Upper Assam

The Ledo/Stilwell Road perspective
ByKaustubh Deka

chapter 11|14 pages

India's Act East policy

A response from the borderland
ByNongthombam Jiten

chapter 12|15 pages

The inner line permit paradox in India's Act East policy

ByC.V. Lalmalsawmi