This book is a comprehensive examination of the society, polity and economy of South Asian countries and their future trajectories. The chapters included in the volume present key insights into the geopolitical dynamics of the region.
New Futures for South Asia:
- draws on case studies from the region to discuss how democracy has fared in terms of state-society linkages, transformational possibilities and the globalization and radicalization of politics;
- studies possibilities of economic cooperation in South Asia, including common currency, regional imbalances and aid, transport connectivity and electricity consumption;
- examines the crucial role of SAARC and bilateralism in forging connectivities across the diverse geographies of the region.
A major intervention in re-shaping South Asian studies, this book will be a great resource for scholars and researchers of security studies, strategic affairs, international relations, development studies and politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1 Emerging Trends in South Asia 1. Visualizing a New South Asia 2. Challenges and Opportunities in South Asia 3. Geopolitical Conflagration in South Asia Biased to Geographical Primacy and Historical Legacy 4. SAARC needs China or China needs SAARC? 5. Bilateralism in South Asia: Future Scenario Part 2 Democracy in South Asia 6. South Asia in Future: Democratization and the Politics of Transformation 7. Globalization, Radicalization and South Asia: Bringing People In 8. Challenges to Democratisation Process in South Asia: Looking at the Future 9. Perception Building in India–Pakistan Relations: The Media's Agenda Part 3 Economic Cooperation in South Asia 10. Re-energizing Economic Cooperation through Regional Aid for Trade: Lessons from Europe 11. Common Currency in South Asia: An Optimalist Assessment 12. Regional Imbalances and Implications for South Asian Economic Integration Part 4 Connectivity in South Asia 13. Transport Connectivity in South Asian Sub-region: Emerging Trends, Opportunities and Challenges 14. Linkages Between Electricity Consumption and Economic Growth: Evidences from South Asian Economies 16. Connectivity Between India and Sri Lanka: A Model for South Asia
Adluri Subramanyam Raju is Professor and former Head of the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asia Regional Cooperation (UMISARC) and Centre for South Asian Studies and coordinator of the UGC Centre for Maritime Studies, Pondicherry University, India. He is the recipient of the Mahbub Ul Haq Award (Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo, Sri Lanka), the Scholar of Peace Award (WISCOMP, New Delhi, 2002) and the Kodikara Award (RCSS, Colombo, 1998). He was also a Salzburg Seminar Fellow (2006). He received the National Best Teacher Award (C.V.S. Krishnamurthy Theja Charities, Tirupati, 2017) and Best Teacher Award twice (Pondicherry University, 2013 and 2018). He was previously a visiting fellow at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Colombo. He is on the editorial boards of five journals.