SAARC – Challenges and Prospects
About the Author
Dr. Bajrang Lal Saini, is Associate Professor, Political Science, Department of College Education, Government of Rajasthan. Presently he is posted at Post-graduate Department of Political Science, Government PG College, Bundi, as HOD. Previously, he has worked as Assistant Director of Commissionerate of College Education, Jaipur, Rajasthan, from 1999 to 2013. He was awarded the Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) by ICSSR, New Delhi in 2013 up to 2015. He has a wide range of teaching experience at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. He has vast research experience and credited many chapters in various edited books. He is associated with number of committees at university level and is a member of various political science organisations. Besides this, he also has acedemic credentials abroad and participated in many national and international conferences and seminars. Recently, he travelled to France for presenting his research papers in international conference held at Paris. He is also an Associate at IIAS, Shimla.
About the Book
Battered by the consequences of world wars, nations were finding new ways to promote political stability and economic development. Subsequently, the development was conceptualised through integration and was popularised in the name of regionalism. Since then, many regions effectively developed regional organisations-to achieve progress through interdependence of states. SAARC was, thus, established as a response to the domestic, political and economic needs of the South Asian countries.
The activities of SAARC remained largely focussed on poverty alleviation, literacy, health and population welfare but due to mistrust and lack of political commitment among member nations, it failed to achieve its prescribed objectives. It only succeeded in preparing the intellectual foundation for harnessing the potential of regional cooperation to bring about political benefits through intra-trade abong the member states. Thus South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) and SAARC Preferential Trading Agreement (SAPTA) also came into existence.
The present book gives the comparative analysis of SAARC nations, their geographical aspects and potentialities. It also examines the prospects of the future of SAARC which will only yield results when the civil society makes efforts towards restoring peace and normalcy among the member states.
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