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Region without Regionalism

Three decades have passed since the inception of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. It still is virtually a non-starter and has not addressed any substantive issue. Intra-regional trade is minuscule. India and Pakistan show little interest in the organisation. Without judging their respective foreign policies, it is argued that South Asian regionalism is not on their agenda. Three questions arise: Is South Asia at all a region? How much does the strategic divide between India and Pakistan, with China factored in, come in the way of South Asian regionalism? Why should India bother about regionalism when its policy of bilateralism serves it fine? To probe these, the region's history, global perceptions of the region, India's foreign and educational practices, and interstate relationships are discussed.

Right to Development as a Human Right

This paper seeks to examine some of the questions relating to the right of development as a human right, the nature of which is often open to conflicting interpretations. Further, it asks, does the existence of the right of development as a human right actually assist development and why has it been so difficult to secure a consensus among member states of the UN on such a vital issue? The author argues that the right to development is related to ideas of justice and equity, world over and is fundamentally different from conventional policies and programmes related to development.
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