Sunday, March 27, 2011

The trouble with bandhs

Sanjoy Hazarika has written a blog post on the potential for the frequent bandhs (strikes) in northeast India to hamper northeast India-ASEAN connectivity, a concept loudly spruiked by the Indian government. 

This is a good point, and one I have not seen made before.  It is consistent with the view of many scholars of the northeast, that while such connectivity may be desirable, it is far from a panacea for the northeast's woes.  India needs to address serious issues of law and order and governance in the northeast, and refrain from putting all its eggs in the economic development basket.

Hazarika also stresses the importance of environmentally-conscious development, given the potential for the northeast to benefit from tourism.

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