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

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A Shared Destiny

The problem with glorious history is that it makes the miseries of the present more difficult to endure, and the future looks even more frightening than it is, when compared to the grandeur of the past. As Southasians grapple through several crises all at the same time, there is a sense of desperation in the air. Agonies seem to prolong, hopes appear dimmer and trials and tribulations seem never-ending. It’s during such periods of history of any civilization that vision, along with fortitude, becomes essential ingredients of survival.

Southasians are endowed with enough stamina, some would say that the ability of common Southasians to patiently suffer exploitation and pain is more than necessary, but visionary leadership to ...

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