Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah is an Associate Professor at India's Sharda University. His books include The Elephant and the Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India (2019) and Act-East Via the Northeast: How India’s Northeast is Strengthening the Kizuna (Bond) Between India, Japan and ASEAN? (2019) He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the University of Cambridge. The views expressed here are purely personal. Twitter @rupakj.