Mixed reactions in the northeast to the Centre’s decision to fence the India-Myanmar border.

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Internal Security  

Topic: North -East regional issues

Issue: Fencing the borders.

Tags: #India-Myanmar #Border-Fencing #N-E states.

Context: India plans to fence its 1643 km border with Myanmar to enhance surveillance and establish a patrol track.

  • Manipur, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh welcome the decision, citing security benefits and to curb illegal entry and exploitation of the Free Movement Regime (FMR) agreement.
  • Mizoram and Nagaland opposed the fencing, emphasizing cultural and community ties across the border. Asserting the right of the Zo community to live without barriers between Mizoram and Myanmar.

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Prelims Connect:

Zo tribes:

·         The Zo people comprise various tribes, including Chin, Kuki, Mizo, Lushei, Zomi, and others, spread across Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh.

·         The tribes share a common history, including migration and settlements in different regions, and are connected by their Christian faith.

 

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