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Look East through North East

India's Look East Policy and the Northeast by Thongkholal Haokip, New Delhi: Sage India, 2015; pp xvi + 190, Rs 795.

The Look East Policy and Northeast India by Gorky Chakraborty and Asok Kumar Ray, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2014; pp 392, Rs 950.

Northeastern India and Its Neighbours: Negotiating Security and Development by Rakhee Bhattacharya, New Delhi: Routledge India 2015; pp xv+270, Rs 795.

All the three volumes reviewed here cover key issues related to what is now one of the priority areas of Indian foreign policy. Using India’s North East to access the tiger economies of Asia is one of the key elements of Indian policy, now that Delhi seeks to treat the North East not just through a security prism, and, instead, plans to use it for trade and cultural ties with neighbours. India is denied that kind of space in the West, and “Look East” is, thus, as much compulsion as choice for decision-makers in Delhi. But, for a region like India’s North East, which has been bloodied by six decades of conflict, this kind of a paradigm shift in national policy is welcome—but only if it starts to happen. 

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