Stilwell Road Holds the Key to India’s ‘Act East’ Policy


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One of the measures that was expected to provide thrust to the “Act East” policy was the reopening of the historic Stilwell Road that had linked North East India to China through northern Myanmar during World War II. Constructed under the guidance of an American commander, Gen Joseph Stilwell, after whom it was christened, the 1,079-km-long road was meant to ferry military supplies to aid the war efforts of the Chinese leader, Chiang Kai-shek against the Japanese. However, with the end of the war the road fell into disrepair. Attempts were made during the last decade — primarily by statesmen...