Brahmaputra: The River of North-East

North-East states are the most scenic and culturally rich region of India. In this post, we will discuss China’s impact on this region and India Government’s steps for the development of the North-East.

The river of North-East

So, in the previous post, we have read left and right bank tributaries of river Brahmaputra. As of now, we know the Brahmaputra river mainly flows through the North-Eastern states of India. Now, we will discuss the geopolitical importance?of the Brahmaputra river. ?

North-East India and flow of Brahmaputra River
North-East India and flow of Brahmaputra River

Water Diplomacy between Indo-China

As we all know, Indo-China relationship is a very typical thing to understand. We know, both China and India are the economically strong nations in the Asian region. India, a friendly country to all Golden Island states. This strengthens India’s position in ASEAN states.

China, being a dominating country have a hostile relationship with it’s all Asian states except Pakistan (For the same reason, Dushman Ka Dushman Dost). Because of this China always creates trouble for India.

Geographically, the origin of the Indus and Brahmaputra river is in China. So, here comes Chinese water diplomacy. Here, I am attaching a snippet of Hindustan Times recently published article,

India has a unique riparian status: It is the only regional country that falls in all three categories — upper, middle and lower riparian. Such is India’s geographical spread that it has a direct stake in all the important river basins in the region. India is potentially affected by water-related actions of upstream countries, especially China and Nepal, while its own room for manoeuvre is constricted by the treaty relationships it has with downstream Pakistan and Bangladesh on the Indus and the Ganges, respectively. Indeed, no country in Asia is more vulnerable to China’s re-engineering of trans-boundary flows than India because it alone receives — directly or via rivers that flow in through Nepal — nearly half of all river waters that leave Chinese-controlled territory.

So, this is how China creates problems for India. The most important thing is it also sponsors secessionists activities in the North-East region of India.

North-East States

So, to overcome problems of North-East, India, under the present government focuses on the economic and political development of North-Eastern states. There is one ministry of DONER for the development of North-East India.

Recently a bridge joining two states, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam of North-East India was in highlights. Yes!!!? You guys got it correctly, it is Bogibeel Bridge of North-East.

Bogibeel Bridge: Asia’s Second Largest Bridge

On December 25, 2018 (Birthday of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India), Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi inaugurated Asia’s second-largest bridge.

North-East development activities: PMO tweet on the inauguration of Bogibeel Bridge
North-East development activities: PMO tweet on the inauguration of Bogibeel Bridge

Bogibeel Bridge is India’s longest Rail-Road bridge, which connects north and south banks of Brahmaputra river. It also connects Arunachal Pradesh and the Assam state of North-East.

Actually, Bogibeel is the part of Indian Border diplomacy in Arunachal Pradesh. As this bridge connects Assam to Arunachal Pradesh, it will improve logistics along the international border of Arunachal Pradesh.

This also includes the construction of a trans-Arunachal highway on the north bank of the Brahmaputra river. It also plans to construct a road-rail link over the Brahmaputra and its tributaries Dibang, Lohit, Subansiri and Kameng.

Most importantly, connectivity that Bogibeel Bridge provides, will help the movement of troops in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China.