The summit aimed at addressing several important issues and initiate new plans for the group. Such initiatives included economic ones like forming a group bank, cross-linking of stock exchanges, energy and currency, and political issues involved between the member nations.
South Asian Idea couldn’t help reproduce this brilliant piece which makes reading reams of paper on South Asian Strategies redundant. By Major Bearls Oph Wisdom - The Major Bearls Blog I am pleased to see a new generation of Pakistani analysts: The twenty-somethings whose western education makes them credible in Pakistan and whose Pakistani heritage and once-a-year [...]
The larger lesson for India is to develop consensus amongst various members of the coalition on issues relating to maintaining and managing a vibrant foreign policy, especially when it comes to its immediate smaller neighbours. Putting the interests of the coalition ahead of the country is unacceptable.
The track record of Indian foreign policy in tackling with the Eastern neighbours is at best short sighted and mired with domestic political considerations rather than having a long term perspective. Time is running short as India dithers and China moves at a canter to occupy the strategic space vacated or not occupied by India. The returns of exploiting the gateway to South East Asia can not be bargained politically.The government has to build domestic consensus and speed up its international initiatives for the larger strategic, economic and political good.
In sum, the report which warrants deeper scrutiny does not take into account realities on ground which would warrant development of suitable asymmetric capabilities against China before embarking on such misadventures where the country repeats Pandit Nehru’s follies.
South Asia is traditionally defined as the region ensconced between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The eight countries that comprise the geographical area were British colonies and still largely behave as one. The poverty, corruption, lack of governance, social and regional apartheid still drive the political discourse of the region. The fact that the countries of the region have the worst possible relations with each other accentuates the lack of trust leading to animosity and all round despair.
This story comes in late in the day as the South Asian Idea Team explored the facts of the case to unearth the spirit of the soldiers and the civilians of Kashmir that the avalanches that struck on 22 Feb could not bury. This is an account of the man’s struggle against the forces of [...]