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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.
Contemporary South Asia has entered a new threshold of a qualitatively different temper of probable developments both within and among nations of the region caused and conditioned by domestic (national as well as regional), supra-national, regional, and global factors. South Asia stands at the crossroads of possibilities fraught with alternative scenarios of a great developmental and democratic ascent in the nations of the region, reconciling conflicts at home and the pursuit of complementaries in the cross-currents of powerful forces of federal-national, global, and regional integration in political and economic terms.
The political history of South Asia in the post-World War II era has been a turbulent one. The break-up of Pakistan and the subsequent formation of Bangladesh, are the most conspicuous examples of this ...