In a remarkable initiative said to have been taken by the ambassador of Myanmar to India, Moe Kyaw Aung, envoys of all 10 ASEAN nations are headed for Imphal, the capital of India’s north eastern state of Manipur, late next month. The aim is not just to participate in the annual Sangai festival of Manipur, so named after the state animal of Manipur, a brow-antlered deer but also to hold meetings with officials there. Manipur shares a long border with Myanmar and its border town of Moreh is of significance. Located close to the India-Myanmar border, the 1, 360 km long India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway which is currently underway will connect Moreh to Mae Sot in Thailand through Myanmar. This ambitious highway is expected to be an asset in New Delhi’s efforts to boost connectivity with its extended neighbourhood. The effort is also expected to give India’s north eastern states greater connectivity.