As India hopes to turn its present relations with Myanmar into a ‘strategic partnership’ following the Act East policy, both countries have started joint border patrolling in some stretches of their “unfenced border”. “The patrolling has not started all over but in some specific areas. They (Myanmar army) also come and we also go there (Myanmar)”, Assam Rifles Chief Lt Gen Harminderjit Singh Sachdev said. Assam Rifles guards the 1,643-km India-Myanmar border and also conducts counter-insurgency operations in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland.
The Assam Rifles chief hoped that the new elected government in Myanmar will reciprocate India’s requests on tackling terrorism. “The newly elected democratic government in Myanmar is reaching out to us (India). There are some positive steps. May be next year or two, we will be sure in which direction we are moving. I am sure something positive will be there”, Mr Sachdev said.
Myanmar has a democratic government in power, under the de facto leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party had achieved a landslide victory in the general elections in November last year. In recent years, India and Myanmar have improved their bilateral ties on several fronts.
“I am sure Myanmar will now show positive signals to India. How fast that will be, we cannot say. And that all depends how both the countries work”, the Assam Rifles chief said. China is also pursuing its strategic interest in Myanmar. There are several sectors where India and Myanmar can deeply cooperate, including economic and security partnership.
- India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org) is an emerging think tank and a media-publishing company focused on international affairs & the India Story. A venture of TGII Media Private Limited, a leading media, publishing and consultancy company, IWN has carved a niche for balanced and exhaustive reporting and analysis of international affairs. Eminent personalities, politicians, diplomats, authors, strategy gurus and news-makers have contributed to India Writes Network, as also “India and the World,” a magazine focused on global affairs. The Global Insights India (TGII) is the research arm of India Writes Network. To subscribe to India and the World, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- China Connect2023.03.23Chinese diplomat cautious against third-party interference in border dispute with India
- India and the World2023.03.20Japan PM seeks India’s central role in updated Indo-Pacific strategy
- India and the World2023.03.15Why India-US semi-conductor agreement matters
- Diplomacy2023.03.11India-China conflict likely to escalate: US intelligence report