I am not sure whether we the South Asians do have particular syndrome as like “The Roman Emperor Nero”. The thing is at the end we do behave like “It’s not my headache until unless it is on me”. The recent blockade in Nepal and humanitarian crisis once again proved that South Asia is all about “One Country‘s Supremacy’. What is the point about SAARC charter of “Non-Interference” and hypocrisy of denial? If there are chances for bilateral discussions what is the point about interference and keeping SAARC as a show off?
Sometimes do assume if there is any power balance in this region? When just because of “Big Brother Type Attitude” and “Artificial Market Economy based Dependency” are the biggest barriers in terms of regional integration and greater unity. I am not pessimistic but the “South Asian Union” is far from the reality.
As from academic perspectives when we used to answer the prospects and challenges of SAARC and it was obvious the answer was based on the relations of the two nuclear powers and the economic stability as well. Doe s it mean the rest of the countries should have nuclear power as well? of course not as at the end the point is if in SAARC charter it blocks about non-interference so it must not be there as in reality it is not possible.
All the landlocked countries in South Asia are always under the risk of this “Artificial Disaster”. The point is Nepal just came out from the longest period of disaster and political stability has become vital as one for them. The denial would no where make any sense when the entire working class and poor people are suffering due to this unofficial blockade and winter is there as well. The mockery towards humanity started along with the relief and continued along with this blockade.
The politician of the both the countries can play for themselves their cards but what is the point about causing sufferings to the helpless people. It would not be a wonder for me if the youth turns to be violent and go for more brutal action against each others as already attack on the tourists has been started. Don’t you think crisis, deprivation and sufferings once again would make this region a hub for terrorism? Foreign intervention would be inevitable on that time so whom to blame at the end? Leave SAARC what about the “Non State Actors” who would gain more popularity to destabilize the democratic process.
Don’t ever try to follow the model of EU or ASEAN if you are not eligible till now even AU has started intervening in their regional matter. These two successful regional models even don’t try to interfere in anyone’s internal matter and ever tried to create artificial crisis so far. I don’t ever dare to compare our so called emerging superpower along with Indonesia which is far from to be like Germany.
If we the South Asians are still now under nation building process at least being the largest democratic country do need to be more accommodative and nowhere it is wrong to expect from them.
At least thanks to the gentleman approach of “ Nawaz Sharif” that he instructed his fellows not to use any hostile remark towards it’s arch rival neighbor. Now the question is we have not seen any movement from the citizens of India when Nepalese are suffering and not any other countries of South Asia. You never know today if it is Nepal next it can be you because good relations is not forever that is the lesson we have learnt so far especially in India-Nepal relations which was never bitter like now and none could ever think like that. This is the sign of dismantling the ‘Idea of South Asian Unity”. The question is are we going to make power balance by expanding ‘SAARC” along with “ South East” and “ Southern Asia” and obviously tying with China. When the images of democratic values don’t reflect in external relations with neighbors what is the point about making “Democracy as Standard and Product for name sake”?But maybe we don’t remember the history of colonial policy of “ Divide and Rule” and later we paid heavily along with demarcation of artificial borders, conflict and escalation of war having jelly fish memory. The British were successful and now their local agents are continuing that legacy.
The writer is a Freelance Researcher, President and Founder of BRIDGE Foundation | U.S State Department Alumni and Charles Wallace Trust Fellow, U.K