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 13: India, Pakistan and ‘southasia’
India, Pakistan and ‘southasia’
The most reported on, commented on, or photographed moment at the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, 2014, may well have been the smile and handshake between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif. This moment overshadowed, in terms of media limelight, all the other discussions between the eight heads of states from around South Asia who participated in the event on 25 and 26 November 2014, from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Despite being backed by these eight governments, SAARC has had little success in integrating the region economically or politically in the 30 years since its formation. South ...