How To Act East
Improve security in Northeast to improve connectivity with South East Asia
Written by Arun Sahni | Published: December 29, 2017 12:00 am
The security environment will be the main factor in propelling the integration and development of the region.
Political will and dynamism for propelling India’s “Act East” policy needs to be complemented with urgent measures to address two key issues — lack of “security” and “connectivity”. Addressing them is necessary to make the Northeast (NE) the launchpad for India’s interface with South East Asia. Connectivity needs to be addressed at three levels — physical connectivity, digital connectivity and above all the emotional integration of the region with the rest of the country. Road and railway networks connecting different parts of the region, as well as the rest of the country with the region, along with air/helicopter connectivity are essential for trade and businesses to flourish, to attract investments and put in place an ecosystem that is necessary to reach out to Myanmar and beyond.
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