Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL - Nabeel Fa­rooqui

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.

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