Peace for Prosperity of South Asian Nations
3 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2016
Date Written: October 21, 2016
India and Pakistan are first and second largest economies of the SAARC region. Both of the countries are nuclear power holders and fought for several times with each other. It is 20 per cent less costly to have international trade between India (South Asia) and Brazil (South America) than that of the two neighboring states i.e. India and Pakistan. It is less time consuming and economically viable to travel into the UK or Australia from Pakistan rather than come to India. Not only with the India and Pakistan but the situation is same in case of getting and Indian visa from Bangladesh too. Nepal and Bhutan has separate arrangements with India. It’s true that India is far ahead of the other South Asian countries in any aspect like, largest economy of the region, having maximum population, biggest geographical territory, skilled professionals, strongest military power, efficient negotiation capacity so on and so forth. But we must remember that Pakistan is also a nuclear power of the region. Only two atomic bomb blast (detonated by either India or Pakistan) is enough to make the region second Hiroshima, to stop long laborious economic growth of the region, to make the life horrible for the South Asian nations. Winner and loser of that nuclear war will be meaningless. None could realize the situation of that terrible condition. Therefor it is our humble request to the South Asian leaders especially to the Indian and Pakistani leaders not to be involved with any types of war again. We are ashamed to see that several countries take either position if any war started between India and Pakistan. But none came forward to seat with the rival parties into a negotiation table and overcome the complex situation through dialogue.
Keywords: SAFTA, Regional Economic Integration, Regionalism, SAARC
JEL Classification: R11, C38, C31
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