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 21: A Broken Shard: Sri Lankan Writings in English
A Broken Shard: Sri Lankan Writings in English
Thirty years is a long time, as we in Sri Lanka know: we who have suffered through a war that lasted almost that long. Thirty years is even longer than the span of a generation, that curious length of time it takes for the human race to slough off one skin and grow another. Thirty years is the perfect distance from which to look back at that old version of yourself, whether you look back in anger, sorrow or joy. So what do we see when we look back at SAARC over this divide?
First of all, a word of warning to the reader: It is difficult for any ...