Accession Number : ADA284652


Title :   Unification of South Asia


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 2 Aug 1993-3 Jun 1994


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Singh, Hardev


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA284652


Report Date : 03 JUN 1994


Pagination or Media Count : 100


Abstract : The thesis proposes unification of South Asia, comprising India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives into a single democratic federal structure, like the U.S. with certain amount of autonomy to the states/provinces. The study first establishes the major instability problems in the region and then analyzes the feasibility and suitability of South Asia's unification into a single nation. A detailed examination of the Kashmir problem concludes that India and Pakistan are unlikely to find a solution to this highly emotional issue which has its roots linked to the illogical partition of the British India in 1947. The conclusion highlights as to why the decision to divide British India was incorrect and how this partition has aggravated the religious division between the Hindus and Muslims instead of resolving the same. The detailed analysis of Hinduism and Islam in South Asia establishes that religious division in South Asia would be reduced by unification. The study concludes that the unification, besides bringing stability to the region, would bring other major benefits including cutting down the defense budget of South Asia by two-third and a reduction of armed forces by 48 Infantry/Armed/Mountain Divisions. Unification of South Asia, Stability to the Region.


Descriptors :   *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *SOUTH ASIA , INDIA , PAKISTAN , STABILITY , CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY) , INFANTRY , CONFLICT , BENEFITS , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , NEPAL , SRI LANKA , BANGLADESH , DEMOCRACY , INSTABILITY , BUDGETS , THESES , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , ISLAM , POLICIES , INTERNATIONAL POLITICS


Subject Categories : GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL SCIENCE


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