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Human Rights, Democracy and Governance by ActionAid Asia ActionAid International Asia

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Introduction

The past, present and future coalesce to create an amalgam of actuality and aspiration. The history of South Asia shows that the foundation for creating South Asian unity still exists, though in a dilapidated condition. The base laid by the Mauryan and Mughal empires continues to bind the peoples of South Asia together. There are more commonalities in art, architecture, dance, music, religions, cultures and many more things than leaders of the region dare to admit in the face of present realities of equally multifarious conflicts within and across national boundaries. But the present is hardly discrete—it is an intersection where the past and the future meet. The present is more important for what can be done with what vexes the ...

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