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Linking India and Eastern Neighbours

Linking India and Eastern Neighbours
Development in the Northeast and Borderlands

Edited by:
  • H. Srikanth - Professor in the Department of Political Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India
  • Munmun Majumdar - Professor in the Department of Political Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India

August 2021 | 352 pages | SAGE India
Linking India and Eastern Neighbours: Development in the Northeast and Borderlands studies different aspects of India’s bilateral relations with neighbouring countries and discusses implications of development initiatives in India’s northeastern region (NER) and its borderlands. The NER shares borders with five countries. The central government has shown interest in developing infrastructure in the NER, and state governments are taking initiatives to promote trade relations with the bordering countries.

The book discusses the causes for underdevelopment and examines the initiatives taken to overcome the problems of the land-locked region. It provides a comprehensive account of varied processes at work in India’s northeastern borderlands. The book looks closely at the lifeworld of the border communities and myriad cross-border interactions. It throws light on the economic potentiality and preparedness of the NER, the significance of border haats, diverse manifestatsions of border crossing and nature of inter-ethnic interactions. The book also explains the theoretical significance and practical relevance of studying border processes.

PART I: India’s Relations with Neighbours: Politics of Development in NER
Mahendra P. Lama
Northeast India as Engine of India’s Growth: Reorienting the Act East Policy Goals
Rakhee Bhattacharya
Political Economy of Road Infrastructure in India’s Northeast since Liberalization
Bishnu Dev Pant
Irritants in India–Nepal Relations and Potential Benefits of Greater Cooperation
Yedzin W. Tobgay
Indo-Bhutanese Relations: Evolution and Changing Contexts
V Abu Hena Reza Hasan and Sayada Jannatun Naim
Bangladesh and Northeast India: Planning Communication Links under GATT Article
Hu Xiaowen
Yunnan and Northeast India: Chinese Perspective on Sub-regional Development
Munmun Majumdar
The Northeast and Myanmar: India–Myanmar Engagement in the Modi Years
Amrendra Kumar Thakur
Trade in Pre-colonial Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet
Dechen Bhutia
Reviving Border Trade and Tourism along Nathu La in Sikkim
Suparna Bhattacharjee
Tripura–Bangladesh Borderlands: Socio-economic Significance of Border Haats
Rakhal Kumar Purkayastha
Meghalaya–Bangladesh Border Trade: A Study of the Balat–Sunamganj Haat
PART II Border Crossing and Inter-Community Relations: Cooperation and Conflict
Tejimala Gurung Nag
Nepali/Gorkha Settlers in Northeast India: Colonial Encounters and Post-colonial Dilemmas
Emdorini Thangkhiew
Burmese Indians: Growth of Burmese Nationalism and Ethnic Discrimination
Saurabh Kaushik
Returnees and Refugees from Burma to India: Differing State Responses
H. Srikanth and T. T. Haokip
Drug Trafficking in and through Myanmar and Manipur
T. T. Haokip and H. Srikanth
Understanding the Kukis’ Opposition to Fencing of the Indo-Myanmar Border
Jelle J. P. Wouters
Borders That Divide: Naga Ethnoscape and Idea of Supranational Citizenship
R. K. Satapathy and P. C. Lalthansiami
Chin Migration to Mizoram: Ethnic Affinity and Changing Perceptions

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ISBN: 9789391370794