A REVIEW OF INDIA'S LOOK EAST POLICY AND EMERGENCE OF ACT EAST POLICY

Dr Navin Varma, Ashwini Sharma

Abstract


India’s foreign policy had a strategic and major shift in 1990s with the advent of Look East Policy(LEP).  As any Foreign policy of a country is designed to protect and promote its national interests by appropriately responding to the developments that occur its region, LEP aimed at addressing the changing dynamics in South East Asia.  Although the opportunity was ever present, India then, in the past could not harness much and was deeply stuck with its own domestic issues and economic considerations. In a bid to capture the lost opportunity of the past, India in the early 1990s embarked on Look East Policy (LEP).  The policy marked a strategic shift in the Indian perspectives towards the Southeast Asian region.  The LEP has evolved into a multi-pronged strategy of India in advancing its interests in Southeast Asia. LEP eventually evolved as Act East Policy (AEP).  This article aims at reviewing the tenets of  India’s LEP and the founding pillars for it Act East Policy(AEP).


Keywords


Look East Policy, Act East Policy, North East Region, ASEAN

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