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.
Chapter 6: South Asian Cooperation: Towards a Humane World
South Asian Cooperation: Towards a Humane World
The Dialectic of Regional Integration: Contending Paradigms of States and People in South Asia
The gap between the commitment to regional integration by SAARC leaders and its actualisation signifies the dialectic between the aspirations of the people of South Asia and the practice of state power. The people seek liberation from mass poverty, deprivation of basic services, extremist violence and their vulnerability to extreme climatic events. In contrast, state structures locked in the obsolete paradigms of power, mistrust and suspicion are constrained from fulfilling the will of the people.
The current framework for the practice of state power conceives of national security in terms of building the military capability for mass annihilation ...