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A primer on SAARC

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The theme of the 18th SAARC Summit to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, on November 26-27 is ‘Deeper Integration for Peace and Prosperity’. South Asian nations are set to sign three framework agreements related to connectivity—the Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger and Cargo Vehicular Traffic amongst SAARC Member States, the SAARC Regional Agreement on Railways, and the SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity). In addition to these read more

Will SAARC embark on a new path?

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In this era of global interdependence, regional cooperation is the preferred option for development. The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) speak of the benefits of this approach. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was envisioned to be a similar success story. Cultural cohesion, and shared values and traditions, inspired the founders to believe that the association would indeed succeed. Sadly, despite nearly three decades after it was set up in 1985 read more

State-to-state diplomacy

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In 2012, a group of businessmen from Ahmedabad put together a plan called The Harappan Civilization. The plan envisioned a World Heritage Site, on the lines of Angkor Wat, which spanned the entire Harappan civilisation of the states of Sindh and Gujarat. This would be located in Dholavira, that ancient Harappan city situated in Khadir Island in the Rann of Kutch Lake, whose western edge borders Sindh. The plan included restoration of the ruins and a world-class museum read more

A comprehensive Pacific policy

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India is poised to be a global power, and not just a great power. That requires a comprehensive approach to regions of concern, and beyond that, requires comprehensive policies towards all regions, not just traditional areas of influence. It is hard to define India's South Pacific policy, apart from a pretension of pre-occupation with the Fijians of Indian origin. This narrow focus has limited India's ability to broadly inspire all the peoples of the region. Not only does it appear almost 'race-based', it also read more

  1. A primer on SAARC
    BY Sharmadha Srinivasan
  2. Will SAARC embark on a new path?
    BY Hemayet Uddin
  3. State-to-state diplomacy
    BY S. Akbar Zaidi and Manjeet Kripalani
  4. A comprehensive Pacific policy
    BY Tevita Motulalo


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