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The Agartala DoctrineA Proactive Northeast in Indian Foreign Policy$
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Subir Bhaumik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463800.001.0001

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Influx Devil

Influx Devil

The Spanner in India–Bangladesh Relations

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The Agartala Doctrine

Samir K. Purkayastha

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, it is argued that the highly emotive issue of illegal migrants is preventing Northeastern states, barring Tripura, from turning to Bangladesh for mutually beneficial economic engagement. The study shows it is so pervasive that even the domestic development projects often get bogged down because they are viewed by the powerful lobbies in the region as steps towards legitimising the so called illegal migrants. The contributor argues that it is imperative to bridge this trust deficit as Bangladesh holds the key for the region’s economic prosperity. For that, he says, misconception about the spectre of illegal migrants, which is mostly a notional threat based on hype as suggested by census figures, should first be cleared.

Keywords:   Illegal migrants, influx, population census, Indo-Bangladesh relation, NRC

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