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The Agartala Doctrine: A Proactive Northeast in Indian Foreign Policy

Subir Bhaumik (Editor)

The ‘border states’ of India, especially in the Northeast, are now considered crucial to the conduct of India’s foreign policy in the region. There is an urgent need for a robust national doctrine that could guide them in tackling pressing issues concerning them and also helping them boost their economy by accessing opportunities beyond borders. Much as it is important to check cross-border infiltration of illegal migrants and terrorists, a defensive security mindset may prevent states from leveraging the neighbourhood for economic opportunities.

This volume constructs such a framework by exemplifying Tripura’s not-so-well-known influence on India’s policy towards East Pakistan and then Bangladesh for more than half a century-the so-called ‘Agartala doctrine’. The contributions to this volume detail the regional environment in India’s eastern and northeastern neighbourhood, where its ‘Look East’ policy is unfolding. The collection provides definite pointers to challenges and opportunities that can be explored for India’s economic growth, strategic advantage, and cultural influence in a comparative view of similar experiences from China, Russia, and USA.

Bringing together a rich mix of perspectives from academics and practitioners from South Asia, this book is a valuable window for all those interested in understanding India’s foreign policy in this region.

Contents: Introduction: Agartala doctrine-the ‘Tripura line’of appropriate response in foreign policy/Subir Bhaumik. Section I. 1. Influx Devil: The spanner in India-Bangladesh relations/Samir K. Purkayastha. 2. Bangladesh and India’s Northeast: a shared destiny/Farooq Sobhan. Section II: 3. Look east through Northeast: the ultimate challenge of development/Laldinkima Sailo. 4. Northeast India and its neighbourhood: perspectives on India’s look east policy/Biswajit Mohapatra. 5. Look-east and regional groupings/Shashi Tharoor. 6. India-Bangladesh-Myanmar cooperation: potential for sub-regional cooperation/Sandeep Chakravorty. Section III: 7. China and India’s look east policy/Baladas Ghoshal. 8. BCIM-EC and the Northeast: a case for graduated engagement/Binoda Kumar Mishra. 9. The BCIM economic corridor: a leap into the unknown? Patricia Uberoi. 10. The geopolitics of change in Myanmar/Bertil Lintner. 11. The Chinese vision of the BCIM economic corridor/Chen Lijun and Kong Can. Section IV: 12. China’s provinces and foreign policy: lessons and implications for India and its states/Jabin T. Jacob. 13. Russian states in national foreign policy/Aditi Bhaduri. 14. States in USA’s foreign policy/Edmund Downie. Conclusion: relevance and road to the future/Subir Bhaumik. Index.

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Title The Agartala Doctrine: A Proactive Northeast in Indian Foreign Policy
Author Subir Bhaumik
Format Hardcover
Date published: 20.01.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0199463808, 9780199463800
length 360p.,