India-Myanmar Relations: Triumph of Pragmatism
Jindal Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 1, October 2011, pp. 301-21
23 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2012
Date Written: October 1, 2011
The article is an analysis of India-Myanmar foreign relations which are marked by both paranoia and bonhomie. Myanmar is strategically important for India, especially in achieving its objective of a Look-East Policy. India has to maintain a cordial relationship with Myanmar’s non-democratic military junta to extend its influence in Southeast Asia and due to internal security concerns of its north-eastern states which are under continuous threat from various insurgent groups. This article discusses the pragmatic shift of India’s stand on Myanmar where the growing presence of China in Myanmar and India’s quest for energy are the major drivers. In economic terms, China is a major investor in Myanmar and its military relations with Myanmar are causes for concern in India. The article also discusses concerns raised about India’s Myanmar policy, keeping in view widespread scepticism about its military junta.
Keywords: India Myanmar Relations, India's Myanmar Policy, Indo-Myanmar Relations
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