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 12: Nepal, SAARC and Southasia
Nepal, SAARC and Southasia
There are certain advantages that accrue to being the oldest nation state in the subcontinent, and Nepal enjoys them. In a country which was established nearly two-and-a-half centuries ago through the unification drive of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, society developed a resilience that can only come from a shared and continuous history, outside the colonial embrace. It is true that nation building in the nation state is an incomplete project, and the marginalised communities of mountain, hill and plain are crying foul against the Kathmandu Valley-centric state. But Nepali, the link language, oils the political discourse and the resulting earthiness gives the polity an edge that is not available to the colonised parts of Southasia ...