Democracy, Sustainable Development, and Peace

Hardcover | June 30, 2014

EditorAkmal Hussain, Muchkund Dubey

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This book examines in the context of South Asia, four inter related dimensions that constitute the central policy challenges of our time: consolidating democracy, confronting violent extremism, overcoming mass poverty, and addressing the challenge of climate change. These dimensions areexplored at the country-specific as well as the regional level, by some of the leading scholars and eminent public figures from the region, and interconnected by the editors through a new perspective. Consolidating democracy in societies with varying degrees of hierarchical rigidity requires governments to give space to civil society and provide institutional access to the under-privileged strata of society over governance decisions that affect their life. Such empowerment requires rapid povertyreduction through inclusive growth and creation of high wage employment. Apart from currently exclusive institutional structures in the economies of South Asia, a major hurdle in achieving inclusive growth is climate change, which has a relatively greater adverse effect on the poor. Mitigation andadaptation measures in the face of climate change require regional cooperation in South Asia for joint water shed management, improved efficiency of irrigation and water use, development of heat-resistant varieties of food grains, and developing decentralized food stock silos to give quick accessover food grain to the people in case of severe shortages. This requires cooperation and coordinated policy efforts among South Asian countries. The editors advocate that a prerequisite for such efforts is a new approach based on inter-state peace and cooperation that could facilitate the establishment within individual nation states of institutional links between democratic structures, development initiatives, managing violence andconserving the environment.

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This book examines in the context of South Asia, four inter related dimensions that constitute the central policy challenges of our time: consolidating democracy, confronting violent extremism, overcoming mass poverty, and addressing the challenge of climate change. These dimensions areexplored at the country-specific as well as the re...

Akmal Hussain is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Forman Christian College, Lahore. Muchkund Dubey is currently the President of the Council for Social Development, New Delhi and Co-Chairperson of South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:552 pagesPublished:June 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword1. Akmal Hussain and Muchkund Dubey: Introduction: Contemporary Challenges and Civilizational WellspringsSection I: Democracy2. Subhash C. Kashyap: State of Democracy in India3. Hasan Askari Rizvi: Pakistan: Striving For Democracy4. Imtiaz Ahmed: State, Society and Democratic Futures: Challenges for Bangladesh5. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu: Deepening Democratic Structure in Sri Lanka6. Rounaq Jahan and Rehman Sobhan: Reconstructing Democracy in South AsiaSection II: Inclusive Growth7. Muchkund Dubey and Biswajit Dhar: Inclusive Growth in India8. Akmal Hussain: Strengthening Democracy through Inclusive Growth9. Binayak Sen: Beyond Minimalism of Growth with Safety Net: Is Development 'Inclusive' in Bangladesh?10. Saman Kelegama: Inclusive Growth in Sri Lanka11. Thangavel Palanivel and Fatma Gul Unal: Inclusive Growth and Policies: The South Asian ExperienceSection III: The Environmental Crisis12. Shyam Saran: The Challenge of Global Climate Change: An Indian Perspective13. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh: Climate Change: Pakistan's Existential Challenge14. Leena Srivastava: The Environmental Challenges in South Asia: Regional Cooperation for Adaptation StrategiesSection IV: Peace15. Imran Ali: Persistent Inequality and the Challenges to Legitimacy and Peace Building in Pakistan16. Sumanasiri Liyanage: Unfinished Peace in a Diverse Society: Some Thoughts on The 'Peace' Process in Sri Lanka17. Kamal Hossain: South Asian UnionSection V: South Asia's Development and Financial Architecture18. Nagesh Kumar: A Regional Financial Architecture for Sustaining Asia-Pacific's Dynamism in the Post-Crisis World19. Ramgopal Agarwala: Reform of Global And Regional Financial ArchitectureSection VI: Recovering a Shared Sensibility for a Sustainable Future: Unity and Diversity in the South Asian Cultural Traditions20. Kapila Vatsyayan: Pluralism and Diversity in South Asia21. Muhammad Suheyl Umar: Peace, Sustainability and the Religious Other22. M. Anisuzzaman: Some Aspects of South Asian Cultural TraditionsSection VII: Perspective on South Asia23. Mohamed Nasheed: Democracy and Sustainable Developm24. T.K. Oommen: Form and Substance of Democracy: Situating South Asia25. Ajay Chhibber: Inclusive Growth, Democracy and Sustainable Development26. Deepak Nayyar: Some Reflections on Development in South Asia: Markets, Democracy, and People27. Ela R. Bhatt: Livelihood, Nature, and Peace: A Grihini Perspective28. Muhammad Yunus: The Story of Micro Credit : Grameen Bank and Social Business29. R.K. Pachauri: The Impact of Global Warming and the Imperative of Mitigation30. M.S. Swaminathan: Natural Disasters, Food Security, and Sustainable Development31. Khaled Ahmed: State Pathologies, Peace, and Water32. Abul Maal A Muhith: A Vision for a South Asian CommonwealthAbout the Editor and ContributorsIndex