The area around the remote mountains of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand is known as the “Golden Triangle.” It is one of the oldest narcotics supply routes to Europe and North America and the major opium-producing region in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland. Opium, heroin, methamphetamine, and many other drugs are transported into the Northeast from Myanmar. Additionally, the same channel is used for trading in drugs that are illegally grown in India. From Bhamo, Lashio, and Mandalay in Myanmar, drugs produced in the “Golden Triangle” enter India through Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland. One channel splits off and travels through Moreh in Manipur, while the second channel travels south and enters Champai in Mizoram. The north-eastern Indian cities of Moreh (Manipur), Champai (Mizoram), Dimapur (Nagaland), and Guwahati have emerged as the centre of the country’s drug trafficking sector. Click on the “Download PDF” option provided below to know more on-
- What is Golden Triangle?
- Who controls the area, and what are the drugs they deal with?
- What are the challenges in Northeast India?
- In terms of security, what concerns India?
- What is India’s approach?