India and South Asia

ISBN-10: 0078026172

ISBN-13: 9780078026171

Edition: 10th 2012

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List price: $59.67
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 8/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Global Studies: India and South Asia
Using Global Studies: India and South Asia
Selected World Wide Web Sites
U.S. Statistics and Map
Canada Statistics and Map
World Map
India and South Asia Regional Map
Five Images of South Asia
India Map
Country Reports
India (Republic of India)
Afghanistan (Islamic Republic of Afghanistan)
Bangladesh (People's Republic of Bangladesh)
Bhutan (Kingdom of Bhutan)
Maldives (Republic of Maldives)
Nepal (Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal)
Pakistan (Islamic Republic of Pakistan)
Sri Lanka (Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka)
India's Central Asian Struggle
The Central Asian region has remained strategically impor-tant for the entire world for a long period of time
It was a significant place during thirteenth century when Mongolia's Changez Khan attacked and controlled this area
It was from here that Mongol descendent Babar invaded India and started the Mughal dynasty rule in India
As recent as a nineteenth century, Britain and Russia had an intense rivalry over this region, was geopolitically very precious for both of them
The region has not lost its prize location even today, as it is situated between China, Russia, and Southwest Asia
Does India Seek the Largest Nuclear Arsenal Pos-sible?
This article talks about the U.S.-Indian nuclear cooperation initiative agreed to by President George W
Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
This cooperation has been criticized by several political parties and individuals for various reasons
It is not evident that India is thinking of building any large-scale nuclear arsenal
The Problem Is in Pakistan, Not Kashmir
What the army seeks and what Pakistan needs are totally different
This situation of the army with the people of Pakistan is the source of many flawed policies
It is being suggested that the Kashmir is no longer a major center of geopolitical instability in South Asian region
The perception is that because of the situation in Afghanistan, the region is gradually becoming more an epicenter of instability
The Elusive National Counter-Terrorism Policy
Those in power must develop a political vision in which security takes precedence over short-term political gains
This calls for a bipartisan approach so that the national interest does not become politi-cally unaffordable
In the present situation of multiparty coalition government in India, some people feel that national counter-terrorism policy is not being formulated properly
The response to any terrorist act is generally reactive rather than taking solid measures to prevent it from happening
Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century
The main theme of this article is to emphasize that nations, societies, and civilizations are shaped by ideas
Despite the fact that India itself is an idea, Indians are reluctant to delve into the world of ideas
The review highlights the point that although India's soul lies in her villages, with the change of time people have started accepting the entrance of urbanism in the India scene
Eight Top Managers Convicted over Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster
This article tells the story of the December 2-3, 1984, gas leak at The Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal that killed 8,000-15,000 persons and left 500,000 suffering from toxic afteref-fects
The process of the pursuit of justice is very slow
There is evidence of people still dying from the effects of gas leak
Many organizations have pleaded for monetary compensations to the families of the victims but they still remain uncompensated
A Harvest of Water
This article recounts the story of harvesting the monsoon rains on the Deccan Plateau in India
Monsoon rains are very seasonal and sometimes unpredictable, both from the quantitative and also from the timing points of view
The monsoon rain is vital to the Indian farmers, although everybody is affected by the monsoon to varying degrees
A woman farmer in the village of Satichiwadi in Maharashtra state explicitly depicts this picture in the following words, "When it (the monsoon) comes, we have everything
When it doesn't, we have noth-ing."
The Loom of Youth
In India a group of liberal-minded young political leaders is encouraging international entrepreneurs to invest in India
More than 70 percent of the population of 1.2 billion is under 35 years of age
This is con-sidered by many as an advantage for India as opposed to many western countries in terms of future human resources
The article also list more than half a dozen leaders, including ministers and members of parliament, in the present central government
On Using the Final Argument
According to the author of this article, India has always been a nation of great ambition
Simultaneously, he raises a question about the purpose behind the ambition for India's rise
He is skeptical whether the political elite of India understand the implications of this
In order to protect her interests, the country has to stay in step with world events
Pakistan, the State That Has Refused to Fail
People say that Pakistan has survived by cashing out do-nors
The Taliban, in the recent past, had occupied the Swat valley not very far from the capital city of Islamabad
Soon after the United States intervened, Pakistani troops attacked the footholds of Taliban, resulting in the killing of a number of militants
A very large number of refugees also had to be dislocated
In spite of these mishaps, Pakistan has survived
Some say that Pakistan is a failed state or at least a failing state
The article's contention is that one should at least say that "it is the state that refuses to fail."
US-Pakistan Relations: The Geo-strategic and Geopolitical Factors
The relations between the United States and Pakistan have a very tumultuous history, spread over nearly six decades
This paper sur-veys various aspects of this relationship
The geopolitical and geo-strategic importance of Pakistan has been the pivot of such relation-ships
Floods Leave Zardari Marooned from People
A sense of alienation is growing between ordinary Paki-stanis and the leaders of the country
The populace is angry with the gov-ernment and fears that the authorities will steal charities received from foreign countries for the flood relief
Mr Zardari asserts that the domi-nance of the military in public and political life has been subdued, and the democracy has prevailed
But the military's major role in distributing the relief materials proves the contrary
Another Restoration of Democracy
The Awami League leaders are confident about their fu-ture prospects
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is in disarray, and there is a chance that Jamaat-e-Islami will move the coalition to the far right
It is postulated that some local intellectuals along with for-eign individuals played an important role in staging the bloodless coup in Bangladesh
Sovereignty and Statelessness in the Border En-claves of India and Bangladesh
This paper examines the 198 political enclaves along the northern section of the border between India and Bangladesh
The en-claves are a remnant of the partition of British India in 1947 and are effec-tively stateless spaces because most are small and located several kilo-meters within their host country, which has prevented any administrative contact with their home country
The enclaves provide an important situa-tion for studying a relationship between their existence and their cultural, economic, and political behavior
Nepal Hits Back at Foreign Intervention
Nepal's prime minister has resisted the international pressure to form a coalition government with the opposition
International concern increased when a general strike called by Maoists brought the capital and other areas to a standstill
Although Nepal has opted for democracy, it has to work at it to solidify this political system
Last Footfall in Nepal
This article provides a vivid description of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, a most popular tourist trek in Nepal
The majority of trekking in Nepal starts in Kathmandu
By 2012, a road will replace the path, de-stroying the long trekking experience and, according to many, will "place the last nail in the coffin of what was once the greatest trek on earth."
Sri Lanka
Crackdown Provokes Fears for Sri Lanka's De-mocracy
This article discusses how the concentration of power in the hands of a few people related to each other threatens Sri Lanka's de-mocracy
In the spring of 2009, the government of President Mahinda Ra-japaksa defeated the Tamil Tigers, whose terrorist activities had kept the country in upheaval for several decades
As a reward, the people of Sri Lanka gave him a landslide victory in general elec-tions
Muslim Geographies and the Politics of Purification in Sri Lanka after the 2004 Tsunami
This paper reflects observation, informal talks with key fig-ures and interviews in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
It also maps out three trajectories of the continued politics of pu-rification following the tsunami
Bhutan, Borders, and Bliss
Until two years ago, Bhutan was officially one of the world's last absolute monarchies
Culturally, Bhutan is an example of a nation that is greatly influenced by its geography as a landlocked country cradled in the Himalayas
Buddhism, the monarchy, and happiness (an actual measure of national success-GNH or Gross National Hap-piness) is the glue that holds this nation together
The key will be to learn, survive and prosper, rather than absorbed by larger and more prosperous neighbors
Remote Bhutan Aims to Draw Investors to the Hi-malayas
This article discusses problems of development in land-locked Bhutan
The government of Bhutan is vigorously trying to develop various projects in an effort to become an active player in the global economy
However, a fast-forward move into commercialism raises some concerns with some of Bhutan's government officials and peo-ple
A Look at America's New Hope: The Afghan Tri-bes, Ruhullah Khapalwak and David Rohde, The New York Times, January 31, 2010
To help beat the Taliban, the United States is seeking alli-ances with Afghan tribes
Various tribes have lived in Afghanistan for thousands of years, originating in various regions and areas of Afghani-stan and flourishing along the family and kinship lines
Tribes in Afghani-stan play a vital role in the politics of Afghanistan
In the past, the British tried to take advantage of the Afghan tribes to subdue the influence of Russia
But the author of this article feels that dependency on tribal help is not a solid answer and Americas should be aware of that
Afghans' Distrust of Officials Poses Threat to Mili-tary Successes
This paper discusses multiple strategies to deal with Af-ghanistan's complex terrain and an array of enemies
It points out difficul-ties for the American military, discusses that the insurgency has diffused to several new places, especially the north and northwest sections of the country, but also notes that some areas have also shown signs of peace
The author of this paper feels that, at the time of writing, although about a year has gone by since the war strategy for Afghanistan has been adopted, the hardest fighting is still ahead
The most challenging area is not the battlefield rather lies in the weakness of and lack of support for government of Afghanistan itself as well as the difficulties with dealing with the volatility of the tribes and their unknown and changing loyal-ties
The Maldives: Kingdom of a Thousand Isles
This article presents a vivid description of the marine and land environment of the Maldives, whose main economic sector is tour-ism
The total land area of Maldives is less than 115 square miles, and the country consists of more than 1000 islands
The coral reef system of Maldives is world famous for its beauty
Maldives is also very famous for variety of colorful fish
Maldives is not rich in plant life
Theorising 'Small' and 'Micro' State Behaviour Us-ing the Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal
This paper examines the normative justification of "small" and "micro" state behavior
It adopts a comparative approach for the con-sistent elaboration of the analysis concentrating on Bhutan, Nepal, and the Maldives
By cross-examining various developmental theories, it also asks whether there is any basis for the theory that "small states are gen-erally backward" and destined to remain so
The paper concludes with an assessment of the place and context of small state in a globalized world
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
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