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The Look East Policy was initiated as part of the country’s economic restructuring in the 1990’s and raised questions that were largely developmental in their focus.


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The Look East policy was initiated as part of the country's economic restructuring in the 1990s and raised questions that were primarily developmental in their focus. The interface of logistics and mobility has therefore been an important topic of discussion throughout the project with efforts to examine what happens to people beyond logistics. It included two studies examining Calcutta and the port of Calcutta as a logistics hub in the Look East policy.

Over the three years, Calcutta Research Group organized two consultation meetings, three public lectures, five research workshops and an international conference. In the second part, I will describe the operation of a particular financial institution that is now considered the key player of infrastructure finance in Asia – the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), based in Beijing. In the last section, I will focus on the impact of what we might call the 'financialization of infrastructure' on India's development projects, with reference to the rise in public-private partnership (PPP) activities in the infrastructure sector.

Logistics Hubs and Look (Act) East Policy: The Case of Kolkata and Its Port. This article attempts to analyze how Kolkata, the capital of the state of West Bengal, emerges as a logistics hub in India's Look East policy vision.

Bridge of Spaces: East by Rear East, Ah! The Northeast Ranabir Samaddar and Snehashish Mitra

As we will see in this paper, Calcutta and more specifically its port, which is often depicted as a hopeless reminder of (post)colonial decadence, emits useful signals for navigating the murky waters of logistical visions and revisions in South Asia.

Frontier Towns in the Spatial Dynamics of Trade, Capital and Conflict: From Look East to Act East

The juggling of nomenclatures, from Look East to Act East, and the expected vision for the region's development, have somewhere put the border towns in the region under duress. This paper would attempt to locate the three border towns of Moreh-Tamu and Champhai as gateways to the realization of India's Look East and ASEAN's Look West. These three border towns have traditionally been contact zones, but in the changing regional dynamics, it will be interesting to delve into the hopes and concerns that run through them.

It will also be interesting to see what their projected role is in the policy decisions of the respective states and how much of it has actually been implemented. Here, a comparative analysis with the Greater Mekong sub-region may be of special interest and whether such a model can be implemented in the northeast and adjacent borders of the region.

New Capital, Emerging Conflicts and Social Governance in Nagaland and Manipur

Interrogating Migration: Borders, Mobility and India’s Northeast Sucharita Sengupta and Samir K Purkayastha

The theme of the presentation was “Kolkata as a logistic hub with special reference to the port”. In the end, LWP and LEP could lay the foundations for the realization of the 'Indo-Pacific.'. Act East Policy' under the present political dispensation in India - a careful reappraisal of the same will be interesting.

In the third part of her study, she tried to determine to what extent the Policy Act was projected. Their research examined components of the logistics visions and infrastructural developments related to India's Look East policy in terms of the relationship with the Northeast. This is especially true in the case of the data that came from the hill states of the region.

He wanted the authors to take note of this aspect in the revised version of the article. But thanks to the Look East policy and China's influence, the region is now drawing the attention of the Indian policy regime. The political turmoil, especially in Bodoland, becomes very important in the discussion as the problems of the Bodo people are yet to be resolved.

In terms of policy implementation, he asks about conditions on the ground. The North East lacks the entrepreneurial and technical skills to benefit from the policy, and such skills need to be cultivated in the region. We needed a theoretical idea that made it possible to be okay with the collapse of the state.

People are at the center of this process, but not at the center of Look East politics. He highlighted the various infrastructure projects currently underway between India, South Asia and South East Asia and the importance of the Look East policy. The fate of the Northeast seems inextricably linked to the Look East policy, especially in the coming days.

Deforestation and involuntary displacement of people living in the area is expected. Manish Jha opened the discussion session and commented on the topic of the panel. The Data Economy, Big Data and the Data Centre: An Early History of the Indian Statistical Institute.

He quoted that “implementation of the China-Pakistan project requires serious planning and execution.

Logistical Space I: Logistics and Social Governance (PP76) by Ranabir Samaddar and Snehashish Mitra

Logistical Space II: Mobilities and Spaces (PP77) by Sucharita Sengupta and Samir Purkayastha

Logistical Space III: Hubs, Connectivity and Transit (PP78) by Subir Bhaumik, Iman Kumar Mitra and Mithilesh Kumar

Logistical Space IV: The Asian Paradigm (PP79) by Anita Sengupta

Logistical Space V: Representations of Connectivity (PP84) by Priya Singh

Logistical Space VI: Logistics and the Reshaping of Global Governance (PP85) by Anita Sengupta

Logistical Space VII: Finance Capital & Infrastructure Development (PP86) by Iman Kumar Mitra

Logistical Space VIII: Trade, Capital & Conflict (PP87) by Soma Ghosal &

Logistical Space IX: Conflict & Social Governance in Northeast India (PP88) by Paula Banerjee & Sucharita Sengupta


Sucharita Sengupta is a PhD candidate at the Geneva Graduate Institute and she is working on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and India through an exploration of their statelessness. Anup Shekhar Chakraborty, Assistant Professor at Netaji Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Kolkata, Department of Political Science and Policy Studies. Arpita Basu Roy, Fellow and Senior Fellow, Academic Committee, at the Center for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD), Kolkata.

Arup Kumar Sen, Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, Serampore College, Serampore, Hooghly, West Bengal. Atul Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and Management Studies, Shiv Nadar University. Debarati Bagchi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Transnational Research Group (Max Weber Foundation) at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Dilshaad Hossain, Field Research Investigator for an ICSSR funded research project at Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Parivelan, Chair and Associate Professor at NCEHRE, ​​School of Law, Law and Constitutional Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Lipi Ghosh, professor and former director of the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies of the University of Calcutta.

Jha, Professor and Dean of School of Social Work at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Nelli Kampouri, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Gender Studies, Department of Social Policy, Panteion University, Athens, Greece. Rishi Jha, Doctoral Researcher at School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India) and Lund University, Sweden.

Sibaji Pratim Basu, Professor, Department of Political Science with Rural Administration, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal. Swaran Singh, Professor of Disarmament Studies at the Center for International Policy, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). Swatilekha Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science with Rural Administration, Vidyasagar University.


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