Book Review: India-Southeast Asia-China Triangular Dynamics

Originally published as Jabin T. Jacob, ‘Insights on a Triangular Relationship’, The Book Review, Vol. XLI, No. 12, December 2017, 12-13. Amitav Acharya. East of India, South of China: Indian Encounters in Southeast Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017). Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly (eds) Heading East: Security, Trade, and Environment between IndiaContinue reading “Book Review: India-Southeast Asia-China Triangular Dynamics”

People-to-People Connectivity in the BCIM Region: Principles and Practicalities

Successful people-to-people movement requires good physical and communication infrastructure and modernized identification procedures at borders or within countries

Infrastructure Development along India’s Borders with China

Indian infrastructure development in its border areas is a complex mix of national security considerations, political gamesmanship and economic rent-seeking

India and Myanmar: Some Chinese Perceptions and Linkages

China’s and India’s relations with Myanmar are complicated by sub-national interests and some of the results of Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Naypyitaw reflect this reality.

Integrating the Outlier: Arunachal Pradesh as Development Project and Dilemma

Arunachal Pradesh’s disputed status, unique socio-cultural makeup and difficult geographic location have elicited multifaceted responses from Indian policymakers. How has this Indian ‘development agenda’ affected and molded the political economy of Arunachal Pradesh and what does it say about the role and place of Arunachal in the Indian political system and imagination?

Learning Chinese, Understanding China

A presentation, I made at the Department of Chinese Language, Foreign Languages Wing, Army Education Corps Training College and Centre in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh in early July 2011.

Border Provinces in Foreign Policy: China’s West and India’s Northeast

China has given greater leeway in economic matters, to these provinces of the west under its Western Development Strategy (WDS). In India, too, there is greater attention being paid to connecting India’s Look East Policy (LEP), a foreign policy initiative, with the economic development of the Indian Northeast. Might the WDS and the LEP be compared?

Guns, Blankets and Bird Flu

The India-Myanmar border regions form a forgotten frontier in the Indian and global imagination but violence, trade and transnational challenges such as drug-trafficking and the spread of diseases have kept both a regional identity as well as specific community identities alive.