Formulating an Act Manipur policy4 min read 21 Dec 2016, 04:52 AM IST
Development in the region cannot be seen as an incidental benefit to a national foreign policy
India’s recasting of the “Look East policy" into “Act East" in 2014 was seen as a way to reorient its foreign policy, and act purposefully towards creating a better relationship with South-East Asian countries. The policy at its core focuses on using India’s eastern border states to improve trade relations with South-East Asia. The weakest link in this grand strategy, however, is the state of the states along the North-Eastern border. India continues to overlook the necessity of a strong border state with institutional capacity to withstand the pressures of being a launch board for a national foreign policy. The border states cannot metamorphosize into a gateway for South-East Asia without any tangible development within the states themselves.