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My Myanmar Years
A Diplomat’s Account of India’s Relations with the Region

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November 2015 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

An ambassador’s account of India’s relations with one of her oldest engaging neighbours—Myanmar

The Indian legendary texts call it Suvarna Bhumi or the Golden Land; its colonial masters called it Burma and its military government renamed it as Myanmar. Whatever the name might be, the country has long been in India’s cultural, historical and political consciousness. Essentially a foreign policy document, this book deals in detail with the geostrategic importance and relevance of Myanmar to India’s Look East Policy, as narrated by India’s ambassador to Myanmar during 1990–92. It is partly anecdotal and partly historical in nature, providing a first-hand account of Myanmar’s political turbulence and India’s changing policies under three different governments.  

 
Foreword by M. Hamid Ansari
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
A Rough Landing: 1990
 
Let’s Go to History First
 
The Rice Bowl of the British Empire
 
Burma, the Hermit Republic!
 
From Nehru to Rajiv
 
Of Mistrust, Mutual Discord and Disenchantment
 
The Security Issue and the Indian Approach: 1992
 
China in between India and Myanmar: 1991–1992
 
Thawing of Relations: 1992–2010
 
Getting Closer, but not Claustrophobic
 
Developments after the 2008 Constitution
 
Myanmar in the Post-2010 Election Period
 
The Position of the Ethnic Minorities
 
Internal Conflict and the Security Issue
 
The Bigger Brother: China in Myanmar
 
China–Myanmar Relations: 1948–1988
 
India–China–Myanmar Matrix: Post 1988
 
President Thein Sein and the Changing Face of Myanmar
 
The Economic Future of Myanmar
 
Of Burma’s Past and Myanmar’s Future
 
Conclusion
 
Annexures
 
Bibliography
 
Index

The book covers a phase in India–Myanmar relations on which not much work has been published. It provides useful insights into Myanmar’s relationships with India and China….  Ambassador Preet Malik’s book substantially contributes to the literature on Indo-Myanmar ties.

Indian Quarterly,
Volume 72 (Issue 3), September 2016

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ISBN: 9789351506270
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