Visit to Manipur

Visit to Manipur, December 2-5, 2015

M. Mayilavagnan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

As part of a study on India-Myanmar relations Dr. M. Mayilvaganan, Asst. Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore visited Manipur – Imphal and Moreh – from 2 to 5 December 2015.

The following were the objectives of the visit:

  1. To gain a deeper understanding of the Northeast perspective on Myanmar and the India’s engagement with Myanmar and in particular the Manipur’s point of view;
  2. To examine the current realities in the border region and to comprehend the challenges as well as potentials in augmenting India’s ties with Myanmar.

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During the course of the visit, Dr Mayilvaganan met with government officials, trade union leaders, academics, members of the media and locals, which provided a very valuable and inspirational experience in understanding the region’s linkages – ethnic, culture, social, political and economic – with Myanmar. The visit not only enabled consolidation of existing knowledge but also provided an opportunity to expand the horizons and abilities by acquiring first‐hand knowledge about the region as a whole.

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