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 16: South Asian Regionalism: A People's Movement Perspective
South Asian Regionalism: A People's Movement Perspective
People's SAARC has emerged as a common platform of progressive South Asian social movements and mass organisations that seek to work collectively for the democratisation of South Asian society, dignity of people and distributional justice.
Shared Socio-cultural History of the Region
The people of South Asia not only share a contiguous geographical space, but also a social and cultural history that shapes our lifestyles, belief systems, cultural particularities, material practices and social relationships. Our natural environments are related, interdependent, and form elements of a common ecosystem. There is a similarity in our life practices which have been influenced by one another. On the other hand, the unique diversity of our region in ...