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- No CommentsBefore anyone starts jumping into conclusions just after seeing the title, the fact that this article wants to highlight is how the present influences the reconstructions of the past or in other words, how the presentness embodies in the reconstructions of the past. In this regard, I will analyze the reconstruction of the past in […]Read More
- No CommentsSouth Asia is a region which is important for its various resources. This includes both natural resources and human resource, which collectively contribute positively to human and environmental security if they are managed appropriately. Though human resources can be used wisely for the region’s socio-economic development, the growing numbers in population and finite land […]Read More
- No CommentsSri Lanka, though a small island state, lies at the tip of the South Asian subcontinent and at the center of the Indian Ocean. In a vastly interconnected world, the sweeping effects of globalisation; China’s economic downturn; growing discontent and de-stabilisation in the West; and India’s enhanced involvement in the region as an emerging power, […]Read More
- No CommentsThe South Asian Association for the Regional Cooperation has been established as a regional organization among the countries of South Asia for a long time now. It is as old as other regional organizations and instruments such as the NAFTA which has been excelling in terms of trade for the North American Region in the […]Read More
- 1 Comment“Minority rights” is an idea that is today omnipresent in the liberal discourse on South Asia. The existence of specific rights protecting ethnic or religious minority communities and granting them some degree of autonomy as against majority rule has come to be considered an essential component of liberal democracy and “good governance”. What has been […]Read More
- No CommentsIt is rare that a jaded water expert feels elated after a river conference: very often the same hackneyed thoughts are re-circulated by the same lot of seminarians one meets again and again. This time, however, the mid-July NADI 2016 festival in Shillong/Meghalaya was different and very pleasantly so: it was one that can truly […]Read More
- No CommentsToday, as the center of global economic gravity shifts towards Asia, regional cooperation and integration becomes critically important for Asia’s march towards prosperity. Thus, the need for a comprehensive multilateral platform comprised of Asian countries is felt more than ever before. In this regard, an effective and efficient SAARC-ASEAN platform would provide an ideal multilateral mechanism for […]Read More
- No CommentsRows of benches tightly packed, facing a blackboard, where the teacher lectures and the students quietly and rather passively listen to the teacher – such is the face of the conventional classroom. Of course, there are bellwether indications of shifts away from convention in a good number of classrooms around the world, but overall, the […]Read More
- No CommentsI could squander my meager word quota on a miserable litany of evils but I will not. Let me instead list a few regional positives and identify a few points of joint action on issues that fall within the very broad rubric, “Gender in South Asia.” “Gender in South Asia” is not a static, stagnant […]Read More
- 1 CommentHillary Clinton, throughout her political career, has tended toward more aggressive stances on foreign policy issues. Contrary to many of her democrat counterparts, she voted for the AUMF against Iraq in 2002, pushed for US involvement in Libya against el-Qaddafi’s regime in 2012, and has continued to unconditionally support Israel (US-Israeli ties have deteriorated under […]Read More
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