This edited volume published by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various countries in the South Asian region. This volume differs from much of the emerging body of literature on politics and governance of the pandemic in that it seeks to capture civil society perspectives relating to this public health crisis and humanitarian emergency, with South Asia emerging as a major hotspot of the global pandemic. This is timely and particularly relevant as the pandemic is still unfolding in many parts of South Asia and the related horror stories triggered by the humanitarian crisis in India are presently making global media headlines. As of now, we in Sri Lanka have our own struggle against the virus, with the so-called ‘new year cluster’ attributed to related cultural festivities and the emergence of a more virulent new strain of the virus, triggering a possible third wave of the pandemic. Given all these considerations, this new book deserves our close attention and critical reflection.

Prof. Kalinga Tudor Silva wrote “Pandemic Policies and Politics in South Asia: A Book Review” to The Island newspaper recently. The book review was on the edited volume “Jayathilake, N., De Silva, S. and Amarajeewa, A. eds. ‘Implications of COVID-19 Pandemic for South Asia: Civil Society Perspectives.’ Colombo: Regional Centre for Strategic Studies in collaboration with Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict, 2021.”

Following is the link to the newspaper article (the book review) published on the 12th May 2021: