East Himalaya

Monday, May 7, 2012

Back to Kolkata after 100 years

It was Calcutta then. The capital of India was shifted to Delhi, almost a 100 years ago, one of the reasons were patriotism and the British were not being able to take it. Then came the 2nd World War, the Japanese took control of the CBI (China-Burma-India) theater. At home there was war against the Imperialistic orders, so far so that the flag of Independent India flew in Manipur. 

Let us try and go back a few thousand years, during the time of the Silk Route. Very little is known about the East and Northeast India, but the traces of Buddhism in the area and beyond is the proof of the glory of those days. An area which did not give up to any of the imperialistic ruling. An area which is the connectivity for resources for India to flourish.

The present visit of Hillary Clinton reflects the vision of United States America. She was in China, followed by Bangladesh and then to West Bengal (we must remember this is only a state under the country India) to go further to the country capital, New Delhi. We have all been watching the rise of Myanmar recently. If peace prevails, the time is not far off when India will have to review her 'Look East' policy from Delhi and make a shift to Kolkata, 'Look from East'. 

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