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:
- 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;
- 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.
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.