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.



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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