Negotiating Peace and Cooperation in South Asia: Trends and Travails.
Contributions to Nepalese Studies 2002, July, 29, 2
Contributions to Nepalese Studies
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In War and Peace Leo Tolstoy wrote that the political leaders are driven by the underlying social forces of which they are indicators rather than commanders. Examples of underlying social forces are population increase requiring to create more social capital; the decay of economic and political system demanding structural change; the different impact of growth and social change on various ethnic groups; the decline of the state power; the fragmentation of society into competitive groups and the reemergence of assertive national identities. These structural issues and challenges emanating from them have long been ignored in South Asia. The lapses on the part of leaderships to understand the devastating implications of such structural anomalies have cost the building of a peaceful community. Though nationhood in South Asia was broadly achieved through the strategy of non-violence, the nation/state building process, however, has continued to encourage violence both within and without. Rather than becoming a peaceful society sharing a common civilizational heritage, the South Asian states have become a historical narrative of violent conflicts reflecting a symptom of a dysfunctional system. Even though the change in the social relationships has become an imperative, its leaders are, however, bent on to promote structural conflicts to serve their ego. Exacerbation of structural conflicts with the deterioration of socioeconomic condition in almost all the South Asian states makes peace more elusive as ever before. Peace talks have indeed become synonymous to the weather talks, "but nobody does anything about it," as Mark Twain had famously remarked. Instead waging a virtual war has become professionally beneficial although we may self-deceptively think that our leaders are keen on peace.
- 2,99 €
- Category: History
- Published: 01 July 2002
- Publisher: Research Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies
- Print Length: 56 Pages
- Language: English