Towards A South Asian Community

Towards A South Asian Community

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Author: Lakhan Lal Mehrotra
Publisher: Indian Council for Cultural Relations
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 403
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185434158


On retirement from the Indian Foreign Service as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of External Affairs, the author was awarded a Fellowship to work on SAARC: A Search for New Dimensions. This publication embodies the work done by him as a Nehru Fellow.

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation is a new field of study in international relations. Found in 1985, the organization itself is just a decade old, quite a short period of time in the context of the millennial history of the Indian subcontinent. An association of seven countries of the region, viz, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, it cuts across their national frontiers in order to carve out a regional personality based on their civilizational bond and their desire to promote cooperation for their common weal.

The primary purpose of this study has been a search for new dimensions for SAARC in order to make it an effective instrument for the purpose it has set to itself.





Why Regional Cooperation?

The Origins of SAARC


The Physiographical Unity and Diversity of South Asia

Natural Resource Endowment of SAARC Countries

The Cultural Mosaic of South Asia

The Security Environment in South Asia

SAARC and the Informatics Revolution

Science & Technology in South Asia-A Case for Co-Operation

SAARC and Human Resource Development

Women in Development in South Asia

Eradication of Poverty in South Asia

Towards a South Asian Economic Community

The Path Ahead

The Seven SAARC Sisters-Brief Facts

Index of Tables