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

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A Common Future

Every country in Southasia has gone through the excruciating process of invention, imagination, organization, mobilization and independence. Each one of them is engaged in the challenging exercise of national integration. Differences between states are being exaggerated; similarities between people understated. Emotional stakes in nation-states are high. Patriotism has been elevated to the status of religion. In these charged times, the very mention of Southasian unity raises suspicion. Questions that any aspiring Southasian is faced with are confounding: why Southasia, why now and how can it happen when such deep animosity exists between states? However, the sequencing of questions often suggests that even doubters have a hope ...

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