India-EU Free Trade Agreement: Potential Impact on the North East India

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About the Book :

Starting from the 1990s, the North eastern part of India became an extremely important strategic area for the policy-makers in New Delhi. For example, policy-makers in order to make a foray into the domain of South East Asia and East Asia initiated what is today known as the Look East Policy so as to forge a greater economic and strategic tie with Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Although a byproduct of post-Cold War geo-political reconfigurations, the significance and necessity of the policy could be seen as a foreign policy response on the part of India. Also, such developments provided the grounds for opening up of India’s economy to global capitalism. Other than signing Regional Trade Agreement (RTA) with the ASEAN in 1990, other RTAs that have potential impact on the North east include agreements undertaken with countries such as Thailand and Singapore. Negotiations having similar interest and ones that would potentially impinge upon the North east is underway with the BIMSTEC Group, China, Malaysia etc. The recent most case is the proposed India-EU Free Trade Agreement.

About Author :

Homen Thangjam received his doctoral degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He specialises in democratization in post-communist and post-colonial societies. He is a keen observer of political development in the North East India and his area of interest includes political economy and developmental politics. He is lecturer in political science at the Maharaja Bodhchandra College, Imphal.

Hanjabam Isworchandra is ICSSR doctoral fellow. He is working on Agrarian Economy and Rural Non-farm Employment of Manipur for his Ph.D. programme at the Department of Economics, Manipur University, Canchipur.

Shukhdeba Sharma Hanjabam (MSW, PhD) is Head, Department of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Manipur, Makhan Kangpokpi District, Manipur. He completed his PhD from School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and post doctoral from University of Florida, Florida, USA (2014-2015) as Fogarty International Center Fellow. He is also the life member of North East India History Association; Manipur Historical Society; and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi. He also had successfully completed research projects under the sponsorship from ICSSR, New Delhi and Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Manipur. He can be reached at <>