The book deals with the issues of democracy and development in major South Asian countries. In a comprehensive manner, it draws attention to various aspects like ethnicity, multiculturalism, authoritarianism, economic reforms, trade, armed rebellion, democracy movements, and federal pressures.
While examining the many facets of democracy and development in the region, the various contributors to the volume capture: the discontent in the political sphere within each country; how states navigate a maze of ethnic claims, multicultural compulsions, and separatist insurgencies; and; the region's optimism in economic reforms for development, peace-building processes for security, and democratization.
- Chapter 1: Multicultural Identity and Democracy in India
- Chapter 2: Restoration of Democracy in Pakistan: A Critical Analysis of Political Culture and Historical Legacy
- Chapter 3: Democracy and Authoritarianism in Bangladesh
- Chapter 4: India: A Failed Democratic Developmental State?
- Chapter 5: Societal Responses to Economic Reforms in Bangladesh: The Workers' and Peasants' Movements in the 1980s and 1990s
- Chapter 6: A Historical Perspective on Ethnicity, Tribalism, and the Politics of Frontier Policy in Pakistan
- Chapter 7: Sri Lanka: To Federalize or Not to Federalize?
- Chapter 8: Domestic Turbulence in Nepal: Origin, Dimensions, and India's Policy Options
- Chapter 9: Ethnic Engagement in Bhutan and Its Regional Consequences
- Chapter 10: India–Pakistan Conflict over Kashmir: Peace Through Development Cooperation