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Year : 2011

Bibliography : viii+ 160pp

ISBN : 9788183640749, Price : $55.00 Add To Cart

About the Book

The eight north eastern states that constitute the borderland of India have been the victims of geography, history and politics. It is a landlocked region in South Asia like Nepal and Bhutan and had traditional cultural and trading links with the neighbouring countries of Southeast Asia. But the normal connectivity with their natural allies were seriously disrupted due to the chequered history of the region full of internecine skirmishes and conflicts jeopardising trade and people to people exchanges and shrinking their economic space. Reopening, re-visioning and reconstructing various routes can restore the lost connections and open up multiple economic prospects for the entire region. Stilwell Road is one such route, which was built for military purpose during the World War II to connect India's North-East, Myanmar and China's southwest. It became neglected over time. But the idea to reopen this lost trail has rejuvenated various enthusiastic groups, who have visions for a better future of this region through better connectivity.
The book is premised on the belief that North-East India's economic prosperity can be realised through an open door policy. The prospect of reopening the lost trail that connects three nations together can give a boost to the process. But there are also issues connected with security sensitivity which are especially important in the present day context and many other dimensions that have been explored in the volume, fittingly explained through a number of photographs captured by a team of three scholars, who made a month long journey through this lost trail, and had a first hand experience about the people, the road, the trade and the day-to-day life of three nations, India, China and Myanmar, which were once connected through this historical road.

About Author

Rakhee Bhattacharya is an economist and fellow in Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India. Her area of interest is India's North-East, and is presently working on security and development issues of North-East India. She is a former Australian Endeavour Post Doctoral Fellow. Her articles and publications encompass the areas of development, disparity, poverty, regional economies, conflicts and economy of insurgency. She has published her book on 'Development Disparities in North-East India' and edited many other volumes.

Binoda Kumar Mishra is a Fellow at Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India. His research interests include traditional and non-traditional security issues in South Asia; India's external relationship with special reference to China; developmental politics; and diaspora studies.


Introduction: Rakhee Bhattacharya

Stilwell Road: A Historical Retrospect
D. Nath

The Lost Trail: The Stilwell Road in Historical and Contemporary Scenarios
Lipi Ghosh

India-China Relations: No Need to Over Hype the Connectivity Factor
D.S. Rajan

The North-East in India's Look East: A Focus on Connectivity and Development in the Region
Soma Ghosal

Do We Need to Reopen the Stilwell Road?
Lt. Gen. J.R. Mukherjee (Retd.)

The Stillwell Road and India's Look East Policy
E.N. Rammohan

Connectivity and Economic Potential of Stilwell Road
Pradip Hazarika


Photo Essay on 'The Journey through the Stilwell Road
Dilip Banerjee


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