South Asia and ‘nation-statism’

Print edition : October 28, 2016

Kathmandu, November 27, 2014: The closing session of the 18th SAARC summit. (From left) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Photo: NIRANJAN SHRESTHA/AFP

A special issue of "Himal Southasian" dated August 2008. Photo: COURTESY: Kanak Mani Dixit

India’s decision not to join the SAARC summit in Islamabad was a triumph of “nation-statism”. But “SAARC” should be distinguished from “South Asia” and the spirit of regionalism kept alive.
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