Cooperation in South Aisa : The Indian Perspective
The present work seeks to examine the development of regional cooperation in the South Asian region taking place under India's initiative in the recent period. The author proposes that global changes taking place since the end of the cold war have led to considerable alteration in India's regional policy in the 1990s, leading to an increasing initiative towards developing and broadening substantive functional regional cooperation, which is perhaps a unique regional development.
For the purpose of substantiating, the book has been sub-divided into six chapters apart from introduction and conclusion. The introduction examines the South Asian setting and developments, which have contributed towards such policy alteration. The first chapter provides a theoretical background to the emerging concept of cooperative regionalism in the context of new trends in the international relations discourse since the end of the cold war and relevance of such cooperative regionalism for South Asia. Chapter two focuses on evolving structure of the prime regional organization the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in the 1990s and beyond. It also highlights the trends which continue to hamper proper functioning of the organization, despite existing potentialities in enhancing regional economic cooperation. The next three chapters (chapters three, four and five) focus on different aspects of India's evolving bilateral relations with three of her most prominent South Asian neighbours. Chapter three focuses on Indo-Bangladesh relations, chapter four, highlight Indo-Sri Lanka relations and, chapter five focuses on Indo-Pakistan relations. Time frame adopted is the period 1990-1999 though, while discussing bilateralism and sub-topics, this given time frame has been deliberately overstepped to include latest developments taking place in respective spheres. Chapter six, highlights increasing relevance of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), people to people contact groups and, track II and III diplomacy in reducing regional tensions in South Asia, with particular focus on the role played by such groups in improving Indo-Pakistan relations. Finally, the conclusion tries to analyze the future prospects of improvement in regional relations.
1. Regional cooperation in the 90s : relevance for South Asia
2. Institutionalised cooperation in South Asia : role of SAARC (1990-1999)
3. Indo-Bangladesh cooperation in present times : constraints and prospects
4. Indo-Sri Lanka relations : development in the 1990s
5. Indo-Pakistan relations : constraints and prospects
6. Cooperation in South Asia : track II approach