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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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Look East Through Northeast

Look East Through Northeast

The Ultimate Challenge of Development

(p.73) 3 Look East Through Northeast
The Agartala Doctrine

Laldinkima Sailo

Oxford University Press

The development of connectivity infrastructure between India and ASEAN through Northeast India has been presented as a way forward for Northeast India to address its current state of underdevelopment. New Delhi increasingly presents the development of the region as integral to its efforts towards greater integration with its eastern neighbours under the aegis of its Look East Policy. Some of the internal and external strategic compulsions that prevented the region from being opened up[ continue to persist. There are greater development challenges within the region if it were to benefit from opening up and integration with Southeast Asia. Further, if the region is to meaningfully become part of a new economic dynamism, there is a need to reconsider the current limited context within which New Delhi seeks to open it out. This requires addressing difficult issues with neighbors with whom India has not always had cordial relations.

Keywords:   Northeast India, Connectivity, ASEAN, Challenges, Development

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