TODAY -

Manipur as an actor on India's eastern neighbourhood stage
- Part 2 -

Puyam Rakesh Singh *

ASEAN-INDIA Car Rally 2012  passing through Moreh Area, Manipur :: 15 December, 2012
ASEAN-INDIA Car Rally 2012 passing through Moreh Area, Manipur :: 15 December, 2012 :: Pix - Deepak Oinam



The Manipuri Diasporas living in the advanced countries may join hands with entrepreneurs in Manipur. Their investment in profitable sectors with introduction of world-class managerial skills, consultancy services, business information to find opportunities and procuring new technologies should be welcomed. In this regard, Hijam Ibeyaima Innovation Award sponsored by Manipuri Association of Canada for individual efforts to cause socio-economic development through scientific innovations is worth mentioning.

Loan defaulters must amend their attitudes in view of the changes sweeping across the Asia-Pacific region. The global forces acting upon Manipur should not be ignored while closing their doors to banking and micro-finance institutions. Banking and micro-finance services available in the state should be properly used to generate income and enhance purchasing power.

Enhancing purchasing power will continuously advance the economic structure and technological innovation. Giving opportunity to those who want to close down the Manipur Industrial Development Corporation (MANIDCO) will only worsen our economic situation as we have little capital accumulation to start business. There is every need for our wannabe entrepreneurs to start business with financial assistance and loans. This should be our grass-root investment for building a strong economic foundation.

Recently, New Delhi has expressed willingness to invest in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. These economically weaker countries of the ASEAN will become destinations of India's investment; and many manufacturing centres would also be established. These are aimed at strengthening India's economic relations with ASEAN countries and also to compete with China for economic and strategic influence. At present, China and Japan are two major trade partners of ASEAN and are also the major investors.

New Delhi should not leave the NE as an economic blank space while focussing on ASEAN. Manipur has not seen any successful industry even after nearly about 70 years of India's independence. The small private enterprises are producing fruit juices, food products, plastic water storage tank, and bottled water, oxygen cylinder for medical and industrial use. Likewise, sericulture must be developed to make Manipuri brand of silk products. There are changes in this direction too in the last few years as many weavers are producing silk clothing from the cocoons. 'Machal' is a good symbol of Manipur spices industry in New Delhi.

The Business Session of the Delhi Dialogue VII was for the business captains and industrialists. How many businessmen from Manipur or NE attended the session? The answer will be quite unsatisfactory. The need for engaging corporations and private enterprises based in Mainland India to expand manufacturing plants to meet the requirements of the state and Northeast should be taken up. Such steps can also benefit the neighbouring countries.

After the India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in goods in 2009, the agreements in services and investment will come into force in 2015. These are the changes that should be reaped for improving the livelihood of the people in NE states. One must ask the percentage share of MA-NE in the over $70 billion India-ASEAN trade. The beginning of the negotiations on an India-Myanmar-Thailand Transit Transport Agreement is another important factor for pushing the India-ASEAN economic relations.

Taking these into account, improving road conditions in Manipur and Northeast is very necessary at this stage of economic planning. It should be supported by availability of energy resources like the natural gas and petroleum products to run the economy. The power transmission line to supply electricity from Tripura is a good development. The state's education system should provide employable graduates who can run the manufacturing plants and take up managerial system with global competitiveness.

The engineer graduates employed in the different departments of the state should start thinking of innovation, creativity, and technological advancement. The corruption in the system should not be taken as the better alternative to innovation and productivity of the system. Every department should stop functioning like gang units. Authority without responsibility and accountability are leading to corruption and death of creativity and innovation in the whole system. This has penetrated the social value system causing decadence as progressive values have been substituted by regressive values.

Manipur should not lose everything to the long eastern coast facing the Southeast Asia. The industrially advanced and the economically vibrant states in Mainland India should make room for Northeast to have its share of economic development. If the coastal region of China can do something for the hinterland for balanced regional growth, Northeast should dare to ask for its own share of "Make in India". Manipur should not have only the highway connecting India with the Southeast Asian countries as the share of New Delhi's "Act East" policy. The state should agitate and strive for a better share of the huge India-ASEAN trade and investment. (To be contd)

If Manipur's role is only to guard the Trans-Asian highway, every policy will have little meaning for the state. There must be an industrial corridor to produce goods for the MA-NE+3 and the Glo-Keithel. Starting from Jiribam, the railway and highway should be exploited to establish as many manufacturing plants along the route to Moreh. The NE states need economic growth centres where the skilled and qualified locals can find decent jobs. They should join hands with skilled workmen coming from Mainland India. Later on, the NE states can rely on their own skilled work force to run the economy.

If not China, countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, the USA and Germany could be invited to invest in the NE. They can introduce advanced technologies and help to train the local workers. In a place like Manipur, there will be less difficulty in learning and adapting to advanced technologies and machineries with right efforts. By lessening corruption in the system, innovation and efficiency can provide Manipur the breathing space for survival.

One can see high-ranking officials of the state acting like monarchs and counting the public money as family inheritance. Many engineers and technicians have sacrificed their skills to corruption and manipulation of files. Compared to them, the illiterate section of the people has scored more marks by getting national-level innovation awards. Many have forgotten inventiveness and innovation while mastering the art of pocketing public money.

Hard working entrepreneurs who can introduce new technologies and create jobs for the locals are more useful than those who are sitting idle in the offices. Or, we can dream of the corrupt but rich people to come out for investment in such productive sectors to change the face and name of Manipur for posterity. Technology and skilled work force supported by capital accumulation and good investment environment only can equip Manipur to face the threats of globalisation. Recollect that Manipur had to acquire modern fire arms from the British to defend its independence in the past.

Truly speaking, anything like "Make in Northeast" cannot make progress without a Jalpaiguri-Moreh Industrial Corridor project. It is the right time for New Delhi to think of an industrial corridor project to change the NE into a growth centre in Asia. Instead of an economic corridor, an industrial corridor like the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project is needed. Is there any difference between the two corridors?

The present economic situation in NE calls for using the strength of Mainland India to change the economic structure of the NE states. For Manipur, producing more employees who do not want to work efficiently but eat into the system for extra income will not help. Likewise, teachers who wait for monthly salary without doing much teaching at the school cannot shape a better future. The same is true for other departments too. For New Delhi, calling the NE to facilitate economic boom only in the states west of Kokrajhar in 2015 will be too rude.

Concluded..


* Puyam Rakesh Singh wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was posted on March 29, 2015.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • World Bamboo Day #1: Gallery
  • Financial aid to AMWJU member, K. Bipin
  • Meitei-Naga Relationship
  • The concept of Langban Tarpan
  • Today is Sunday :: Poem
  • Papaya and health
  • In tiger territory
  • NEUFC Fan Park at Sarusajai stadium
  • BSE, ANPSA donate to CMRF (Nagaland)
  • 45th AMWJU Foundation day : Gallery
  • Protest crackdown at MU: Gallery
  • Lai Lik Lei & their debut "Esei"
  • Diversity, Race & Gender-Based Violence
  • Cross Border Human Trafficking : Review
  • Imphal Municipal Council Bye Laws, 1998
  • Protest held against crackdown at MU
  • Stop Terrorising the MU Campus
  • Mob violence at Manipur University
  • Facts about Nagaland House at Kolkata
  • Midnight raid at MU
  • ..bridging cultures of Assam, Manipur
  • Tuilha Kol waterfall #2: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Rally against Mob Lynching #2: Gallery
  • Beyond the tragedy of Tharoijam
  • Jarnail's tryst with Manipur :: Review
  • Who killed the looter? (Short Story)
  • Heart OPD & Echo Screening Mission
  • Call for protest against MU crackdown
  • The farce continues at MU
  • Heikru Hidongba #1 : Gallery
  • Heigru Hidongba (Boat Race)
  • Get down to business
  • The Eternal Moment :: Poem
  • Why is oiling good for the hair
  • Jobs at SKY Hospital
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Creating Future Media Leaders in NE
  • Understanding Communist ideology
  • Suspended but drama not over yet
  • Arrested for molesting student in Mumbai
  • Manipuri Diaspora in Myanmar #1
  • Chingyainu, Chingnguremba :: eMing
  • Krishna Janma @Mahabali #2 : Gallery
  • Naga-Kuki Conflict: ..Kuki aggression
  • Tibeto-Burman Languages : Book
  • Indian Judiciary no more a caged bird
  • IGAR (S) calls on Governor of Manipur
  • Spirit of Irabot still runs in Journalists
  • Concern should be about mob mentality
  • Tribes, Art & Soul of India #1: Gallery
  • Rally against Mob Lynching #1: Gallery
  • 'Sahnit' an honour or a disgrace
  • Irabot : Socio-Political Challenges
  • Training employees for better governance
  • Blue Ocean :: Poem
  • Sextortion: Making money from shame
  • Condemn murder of Neiphretuo Metsie
  • Social lacunae
  • BJP on poll drive at Imphal, Kohima
  • Mary Kom lost 2 kg in 4 hours
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #2
  • Felicitation of Sportsperson: Gallery
  • ICJ: Investigation of Extrajudicial Killing
  • Legal profession as career option #2
  • Loktak Down Stream HE Project (2x33MW)
  • Protest against mob lynching at DU
  • Ripples of Music :: Poem
  • Memo submitted to CM over lynching
  • Poems of Peace, Resistance ...
  • Helicopter Schedule for Imphal-Jiri
  • Mirabai recommended for Khel Ratna
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #3: Gallery
  • Manipur State is still winning..
  • Gazetteer of North-East India :: Book
  • Sunfeast Cup Football Tournament
  • Trip down memory lane
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Folk Song :: Poem
  • The Endureres at Dwarka Half Marathon
  • Main accused in cop slaying nabbed
  • Naga talks not confined to Nagaland..
  • Trekking to Dzukou Valley #1 : Gallery
  • Rest in Peace Humanity
  • Ph Banti's artwork 'Trafficking of children'
  • Cry of a Dying River - 45 :: Poem
  • Buddhism is not a religion
  • Jobs at R-Square Design
  • Candle Light at DU over lynching
  • Society as a reflection of govt
  • Mobocracy : Shame on Manipur
  • Kuki Black Day @CCpur : Gallery
  • miAoIbgi pNTuH :: Seireng
  • An opinion on Tharoijam killing
  • How Manipur lost internal autonomy, Kabaw
  • Admission for PhD at Tripura Univ
  • Meefam ST at Nambol, Khangabok
  • Importance of Forest & Environment
  • Deep social divide: Two different folks?
  • Kuki Black Day: Kukis Will never forget
  • R & V Art House's First Art Fest 2018
  • Celebrating International Literacy Day, 2018
  • Born a Kuki, die a Kuki :: Poem
  • History of North East India :: Book
  • Will SimpliciTB make TB treatment simpler
  • Meefam chathaduna ST gi issue..
  • Dipankar Talukdar- Mr Model of World Star
  • System error- who will fix Broken Window
  • Reshuffle Talks : Say No to Yes Me
  • India negotiating vehicle pact with Myanmar
  • Chalwa Village, Kangpokpi #2 : Gallery
  • Thien & its downfall in Zeliangrong #2
  • Is FA a self exposed daylight robbery?
  • Nation Needs Small Farmers
  • Who is programming you ?
  • Bandhs as dissent & survival of laziest
  • Looking for Raju :: Poem
  • The cry of the 2nd class citizen
  • Bharat Bandh in Imphal
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #1
  • Sit-In: Naga Peace Talk #2 : Gallery
  • Naga-Kuki conflict: Search for definitions
  • Mega Marathon Manipur : Download Form
  • Legal profession as career option
  • Guv felicitates 5 JAK RIF for flood relief
  • Stored Anger :: Book Review
  • On stepping into the 20th year of TSE
  • Sept - month which reinstated our courage
  • Krishna Janma @ISKCON #2 : Gallery
  • Empty :: Poem
  • Lets beat littering - plastics pollution
  • NEHU Seminar : Urbanization in India
  • Jobs at JCRE Skill Solutions
  • Declaration of Naga Collective Spirit [Sep 8]
  • Akanba Khongjangidamak Yathokpa Loire
  • Support for STDC from UMA, Assam
  • 'Deplorable power supply in Nagaland'
  • Tryst with destiny - Should we accept ?
  • Stand off at MU : Impact on LS Poll
  • Exploring the enthralling Tuilha Kol
  • Kamesh Salam : Outstanding Green Activist
  • The Valley Of Brahmaputra :: Book
  • Development of road database
  • The inner page story :: Poem
  • Kakching WW-II Memorial Run 2018
  • STDC public meeting at Langathel Keithel
  • Maibi Jagoi at Sangai Fest : Gallery
  • My poll without prejudice to anyone
  • MEETAC - Mission for streamlining TK
  • Conditions leading to Marxism
  • Heart Camp at Khelakhong, Thoubal
  • Cyber bully: Crime that follows you home
  • Bhupen Hazarika : Tribute at London
  • AEP & Importance of Myanmar & NE
  • Political pandemonium
  • Students central to MU issue
  • Landscape from Koubru #2 : Gallery
  • Leishangthem Robert for Mr. World 2018
  • Oinam Shilla Chanu at Mrs India Earth
  • North-east Frontier Of India :: Book
  • Thien & its downfall in Zeliangrong #1
  • Cry of a Dying River - 44 :: Poem
  • JRF Post at Mizoram University
  • Honours to Bamboo; a ubiquitous gift
  • Case of hunter now being huntedr
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #3 : Gallery
  • Women Empowerment & judicial Activism
  • Narin Chenggum - wild edible mushroom
  • Flying Star at your lips :: Poem
  • Out of the box thinking
  • Call centre fraud: Vicious vishing attack
  • Changing India & its impact on Manipur
  • MU stand off gets uglier
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #4
  • Krishna Janma @Mahabali #1 : Gallery
  • Eastern Frontier of India :: Book Review
  • Remembering Radhakrishnan ..
  • Moments to cherish :: Poem
  • Glimpse of the Buddha's teaching
  • NH7 Weekender Express Editions
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF [05 Sep]
  • Mental equation
  • Are teachers teaching ? Apt, timely poser
  • Sirarakhong Hathei Phanit @Ukhrul : Gallery
  • Sit-In: Naga Peace Talk #1 : Gallery
  • Globalization, Act East Policy & Manipur
  • Review on anthology of Parthajit Borah
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Child Friendly Police Stations proposed
  • ADBU Goes Green with Solar Energy
  • Convocation of Assam Don Bosco
  • Fetal Echocardiography - Seminar held
  • Rejoinder to NPF from NDPP [04 Sep]
  • Divide, divert and rule will not work
  • FA, MU crisis : Issues before LS polls
  • Krishna Janma @ISKCON #1 : Gallery
  • Komrem Student Day @Bangalore : Gallery
  • September Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • The Coils of Pakhangba :: Book
  • Exhibition @ Art College #2: Gallery
  • AMWJU Sit-In-Protest : Gallery
  • Jangou Rah : eRang Classic
  • The Story of 40 Pineapple Suckers
  • Yumkhaibam Nanao Eramdam Yaourakhre
  • Ningol Chakkouba Celebration in Delhi
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #2: Gallery
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #2 : Gallery
  • The World of Kuki People :: Book
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #1: Gallery
  • Dolaithabi Dam , Senapati : Gallery
  • Eid-Ul-Adhaa Festival #2 : Gallery
  • Dr. Jodhachandra Sanasam : Sahitya
  • Shougrakpam Bijaya :: A Profile
  • Disputed Myanmar Border Pillar : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #3: Gallery
  • Dzuko valley #4 :: 360 Panorama View
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS