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Overview

In recent years the world’s focus on South Asia has increased dramatically. With the events of 9/11, the detonation of atomic weapons by both India and Pakistan, the discovery of an illicit nuclear proliferation network based in Islamabad, regime change in an unstable Afghanistan, and the rise of India as an economic power, global interest in the region has reached perhaps an all-time high. Leading experts analyze the key strategic, political, and economic issues touching on South Asia and its role in the world in the essays that make up this inaugural volume in the Current History Books Series.

Focusing on modern South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, this authoritative volume provides an overview of the events and trends that have rocked this increasingly volatile region over the past decade. Edited and with an introduction by Sumit Ganguly, a leading expert on the region, this volume provides a critical introduction to South Asia. South Asia also contains current maps as well as a “Recent Chronology of Events” that provides a decade’s worth of information on the region, organized by year and by country. This timely and comprehensive collection of essays provides a definitive account of modern South Asia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814731772
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: Current History Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sumit Ganguly is the Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Indian cultures and civilizations and professor of political science at Indiana University, Bloomington. A contributing editor to Current History, his most recent books include Fearful Symmetry: India and Pakistan in the Shadow of Nuclear Weapons and Conflict Unending: India-Pakistan Tensions Since 1947.

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Table of Contents

1 India : the nuclear politics of self-esteem 17
2 The (nuclear) testing of Pakistan 25
3 Toward nuclear rollback in South Asia 35
4 Afghanistan's civil war 49
5 The Kashmir conflict 58
6 An opportunity for peace in Kashmir? 68
7 Sri Lanka's civil war 77
8 Making peace in Sri Lanka 87
9 Why peace won't come to Kashmir 95
10 Rebuilding Afghanistan 104
11 A blueprint for Afghanistan 113
12 India's economic liberalization : the elephant comes of age 125
13 Reforming India's economy in an era of global change 135
14 India's economic liberalization : a progress report 147
15 Bangladesh : can democracy survive? 157
16 Pakistan at fifty : a tenuous democracy 166
17 India's vision - and the BJP's 177
18 Pakistan's coup : planting the seeds of democracy? 188
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