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.

Diversity Management in SAARC Countries

Diversity management in SAARC countries
Faizan Mustafa

Diversity management, through minority protection, is the true hallmark of a civilisation. Mahatma Gandhi was of the view that the claim of a country to civilisation depends on the treatment extended to its minorities. Lord Acton added another facet: ‘The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.’

Minorities are essential groups within larger societies whose members share a distinctive collective identity of their own. There are many possible bases for distinctive identity, such as religious beliefs, ethnicity, language, common historical experiences, place of residence, etc. All South Asian states are plural societies and are mosaics of distinct peoples, whose identities and ...

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