A fascinating insight into India’s far-flung and little-reported North East region while chairing a debate at the Nehru Centre in London. Its 40 million people, with numerous tribes and religions, are in a strategically pivotal area when it comes to power jostling between India and China. One speaker mentioned how China and India on the one hand were talking trade and ties, while China on the other hand was slipping arms to various insurgent groups just in case. There is little sense of unity within the North East and even less, it seems, with Delhi. There appeared to be little momentum to create an environment for real investment that would make the North East an integral part of the global supply chain. One panelist even was offended by a question — as if the offence itself was enough to sway a debate. I never expected to say this about an area so postively placed near China and the economic tigers of south east Asia, but swathes of once violent Africa now have more spring in their steps than I sensed from India’s North East last night. But, maybe, that was just the diaspora speaking.