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Security and Development in India's Northeast$
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Gurudas Das

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198079781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079781.001.0001

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Security, Engagement, and Development

Security, Engagement, and Development

(p.1) Chapter 1 Security, Engagement, and Development
Security and Development in India's Northeast

Gurudas Das

Oxford University Press

The chapter focuses on the implications of India’s external security concerns in the eastern border for the development of the NER of India. It analyses how the development prospect of NER has been affected due to external security concern. It articulates how India’s conduct of foreign policy delimited the external perimeter as well as inner contents of the development of the NER. The central argument of this chapter runs as follows: while the geostrategic location of the NER necessitates an integrated cross-country sub-regional cooperation for its development, till 1990, India’s foreign policy calculus was not much informed of this interest. The external perimeter of development was not in harmony with the development interest of the NER. Although post-1990 Indian foreign policy has opened up opportunities for the NER, the consequent underdevelopment due to the past disharmony has already led to a political chaos crippling the region in responding favourably to these new opportunities.

Keywords:   external security, geostrategy, foreign policy, Asianism, cold war, Sino-Indian border conflict, India–China relations, India–Myanmar relations, India–Bangladesh relations

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