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Thirty Years of SAARC

Thirty Years of SAARC
Society, Culture and Development

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Rajiv Kumar - Vice Chairman, NITI Ayog
  • Omita Goyal - Chief Editor, IIC Quarterly, Journal, India International Centre

May 2016 | 284 pages | SAGE India

This book traces economic and political issues through SAARC’s thirty-year journey.

Topical and well-researched, this collection provides a comprehensive assessment of SAARC and provides policy directives for the future.  The book points out the issues and constraints that have hindered regional cooperation in South Asia. It establishes that despite being democracies, there has been little effort by member nations to promote regional cooperation in the public domain.

It stresses that in view of the increased role that countries wish to play in globalisation, economic cooperation is the way forward. The book further argues that political will is the pivot on which the prospect of regional cooperation revolves. 

Karan Singh
Omita Goyal
Rajiv Kumar
Introduction: Towards New Beginnings in South Asia
Eric Gonsalves
Reviewing Regional Cooperation in South Asia
Haroun Mir and Habib Wardak
Afghanistan, SAARC and the Road Ahead
Saman Kelegama
Changing Face: The Trials and Fortunes of Regional Cooperation Under SAARC
Amit Batra
SAARC and Economic Cooperation
Shyam Saran
South Asia’s Mounting Ecological Challenge: Regional Cooperation is the Only Answer
Akmal Hussain
South Asian Cooperation: Towards a Humane World
Rajesh Kharat
The Significance of SAARC for Bhutan
Nihal Rodrigo
Peace, Security and Threats: A Balance Sheet
Rasul Bakhsh Rais
Politics in Pakistan Today: The Challenge of Securing Democracy
Sangeeta Thapliyal
Nepal’s Policy Towards SAARC
Sanjay K Bhardwaj
Bangladesh in SAARC: Identity Issues and Perspectives
Kanak Mani Dixit
Nepal, SAARC and Southasia
Beena Sarwar
India, Pakistan and ‘Southasia’
Sasanka Perera
Anxieties of SAARC: An Experiential Reading through South Asian University
Aishath Velezinee
Developing a Regional Human Rights Mechanism
Rakhi Sehgal
South Asian Regionalism: A People’s Movement Perspective
Reema Nanavaty
Sewa’s Sister-to-Sister Initiative for Peace and Work
Anuradha Koirala
Trafficking and Vulnerabilities of Children and Women: An Analysis
Namita Gokhale and Malashri Lal
South Asian Literatures: Beyond Borders, across Boundaries
Firdous Azim
Speaking the Unspeakable or the Limits of Representability
Ashok Ferrey
A Broken Shard: Sri Lankan Writing in English
Afsan Chowdhury, Zerrin Afza, Nabaleswar Dewan
Human Rights Beyond the State: Generating Spaces for Rights in Society
Faizan Mustafa
Diversity Management in SAARC Countries

The contributors are also eminent writers, researchers and editors from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other SAARC countries… The opinion makers, columnists, journalists and social and political activists must have this book in their collection for ready reference, data and perspective on criticality of regional cooperation.

Free Press Journal,
7 August 2016

Rajiv Kumar

RAJIV KUMAR is Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Chancellor, Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics (GIPE), Pune. He is an International Board Member of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre, Riyadh, and the Government of India Nominee on Board of Governors of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, Jakarta. He is a government nominee on the Central Board of the State Bank of India. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and the Institute of Human Development, New Delhi. More About Author

Omita Goyal

Omita Goyal is presently Chief Editor of the IIC Quarterly, the Journal of the India International Centre. She started her career in the voluntary sector with the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. Shortly thereafter she moved into academic publishing where she has spent over 27 years. She worked at SAGE Publications India Pvt Limited for 20 years, leaving as General Manager. Omita took time off to work as a freelance editor for SAGE and other institutions such as The World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, Voluntary Health Association of India, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, WHO, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and TERI. In 2005, she... More About Author

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