It is a pity to know how a promising institution such as SAARC can turn out to be one that fails to meet its objectives. What started out as a dream to make SAARC a prototype of the immensely successful European Union and ultimately liberalize trade between its member countries, has instead turned out to be an abandoned project plagued with a series of problems.
From the arguments that the writer has presented in his article, ‘Whither SAARC?’, it is evident that the founding fathers of SAARC did not take into consideration several important factors when forming the new organization. Issues such as the ongoing hostilities between India and Pakistan, along with apprehensions of smaller countries in the South Asian region of being sidelined by a large country such as India complicated the otherwise simple process that involved the promotion of the exchange of trade and culture between all countries.
One can only hope that an institution whose ambitions are as noble as SAARC’s gets the chance to accomplish all the goals it had set out to do in the first place. This is why Narendra Modi’s efforts, outlined at the end of the article, have been greatly appreciated as it represents the one last hope we all have of SAARC becoming the force that binds all countries together.