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South Asian Union: Problems, Possibilities and Prospects

 
Ranjit Kumar (Author)
Synopsis South Asia, where one fifth of humanity lives, is in a dire need of peace, stability and development which can be achieved much faster with the concept of cooperative living of nation states. The European Union has presented an example before the world in implementing this concept. The Seconds World War resulted in a long phase of cold war between communism and capitalism, between open and closed economies and an Europe sharply divided between the two with nuclear missiles targeted at each other. Similar situation can be said to be prevailing in south Asia though at a much smaller scale but the tension here is over territories tinged with religious overtones. The South Asia continues to be divided with almost closed borders and flexing of nuclear nuclear muscles by the two big members of SAARC. The end of cold war and the expansion of free trade in Europe which is gradually evolving into a powerful political entity. The European Union perhaps is the greatest peace project undertaken during the last decade of the previous century, the seeds of which were sown after the end of second world war. The South Asian countries need to learn lessons from European Union. An integrated economy of South Asia with open borders and visa regime as prevailing in Europe would go a long way in addressing much of the problems of South Asian poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy. For this a South Asian Economic Union on the lines of the European Union has been envisaged by the SAARC leaders. It seems to be a pipe dream for South Asians now but Europeans also saw such dream long back. The South Asians can also realise the dream of not only economic union but a fully fledged South Asian Union as EU is going to take shape. This book discusses the problems, possibilities and prospects of such UNION for South Asia.
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About the author

Ranjit Kumar

Mr. Ranjit Kumar is a Special Correspondent with Navbharat Times (Hindi Daily), New Delhi. Author of two books on Indian Nuclear Policy and the Kargil Conflict (Jammu and Kashmir) Mr. Kumar was invited by Cambridge University, UK as a Wolfson Fellow to work on the problems and prospects of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation during the Easter Term of 2004. He has worked in Beijing with Foreign Languages Press of Chinain 1984-85 as Hindi expert. Widely traveled Mr. Kumar has covered many international events and is a leading international affairs and security analyst. [email protected] and [email protected]

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Bibliographic information

Title South Asian Union: Problems, Possibilities and Prospects
Author Ranjit Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Manas Publications
Language: English
isbn 817049219X
length 328p., Tables; References; Annexures; Index; 23cm.