By Yubaraj Ghimire The 18th Saarc summit came and went, with a call for deeper integration of South Asia for peace and prosperity. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message that scepticism and cynicism should be transformed into hope explains the regional body’s poor implementation record for the last three decades.
By Iftikhar Gilani India may have taken solace in effectively isolating Pakistan at the recently concluded SAARC summit at Kathmandu by forcing a reluctant Islamabad into inking pacts on energy cooperation. However, the hush-hush tones of certain countries to pitch in for including China as a ninth member in the
By Nihar R Nayak — There is renewed enthusiasm amongst the SAARC leaders over India’s positive pronouncements of its role in the region. This will give SAARC a new lease of life. For Modi’s foreign policy orientation, it is also a firm announcement that SAARC needn’t be hostage to India-Pak
By Shyam Saran When talk turns to Saarc among South Asian and foreign politicians, diplomats, businessmen and academics, there is usually a note of cynicism and even derison in their comments. Saarc has become a byword for successive high sounding summit declarations which rarely get translated into concrete measures on
By Kiran Bhattarai — The US, which retains its stature as the world’s only super power, has incorporated the South Asian region in its ‘Strategic Plan’ which speaks volumes about the relevance and the significance of SAARC in the global arena.
By Madhukar SJB Rana — The SAARC Charter lays down eight sets of objectives. One of them is “to contribute to mutual trust, understanding and appreciation of one another’s problems.” It is believed that when President Ziaur Rahman floated the idea of regional cooperation among South Asian countries, India and
यहाँ खर्च गराइको हिसावले हेर्दा लुटको धन फूपुको श्राध्द जस्तो देखिन्छ । अन्तिम अवस्थामा आएर तात्ने र बाँकी रहेको समयसीमालाई हेर्दा जसरी पनि काम सिध्याउनै पर्ने हुँदा आर्थिक ऐन नियम मिचेर काम गरिने भएकोले सार्क सम्मेलनको नाममा जसले जसरी जति लुटे पनि हुने अवस्था सिर्जना गरिएको छ । दामोदर कोइराला