Bangladesh and Myanmar are crucial lynchpins in India’s Look East Policy (LEP). Creating a solid foundation of political and economic alliance with these two neighbours shall reinforce India’s role in the South Asian subcontinent to a considerable degree. There are economic and strategic advantages for India in developing these relations to their optimum. Movements antagonistic to India such as Islamic terrorism or separatist insurgency – cannot be sufficiently tackled without the continued support of both Bangladesh and Myanmar. Handling border issues with their help is crucial for peace and stability, both at the domestic and transnational level. However, the entire burden does not rest with external players. In tackling challenges and availing opportunities, India has to make concerted efforts towards improving development and governance in its North Eastern provinces. New Delhi must be responsive to not only Naypyidaw and Dhaka for furthering LEP but also attentive to inputs arising internally. As a country that seeks to be a global player, it is essential for India to deepen the avenues of cooperation with these countries.
The seminar “India: Opportunities and Challenges on the Eastern Flank” was conceptualised by CLAWS to survey the security scenarios in India’s eastern flank. It endeavoured to outline the opportunities and obstacles that present themselves to India in its goal of making its eastern flank well governed, safe, vibrant and better connected to the Asia-Pacific. The event was conducted on 07 August 2014 at CLAWS Seminar Hall.
CLAWS Seminar Hall