Sharp focus on South Asia
Reviewed by P. K. Vasudeva

Perspectives on Bilateral and Regional Cooperation South and Central Asia
Ed Rashpal Malhotra, Sucha Singh Gill and Neetu Gaur.
Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) Chandigarh. Pages 484 Rs 900. 

Perspectives on Bilateral and Regional Cooperation South and Central AsiaThe first two volumes contain speeches of Indian dignitaries and selected papers from India, South Asia and abroad presented during three conferences held in March, October 2012 and March 2013 held at CRRID, Chandigarh, respectively. Scholars, diplomats, public analysts and experts who have worked on diverse socio-political and socio-economic problems concerning South and Central Asia and have contributed papers to these volumes. The first volume is on bilateral and regional cooperation between Central and South Asian countries. Authors explain how Central Asian countries are rich in raw materials, energy produced and natural resources. Most South-Asian countries do not possess these but need on a sustained basis to maintain the pace of economic growth and international standing. The respective needs of South Asian and Central Asian are complimentary and deepen their mutual economic ties. Central Asian economies have separated themselves from Russia and are in the process of transition from command of authority to market economies and from single-party rule to multiparty democratic polities.

Leveraging Economic Growth for Collective Prosperity in South Asia
Ed Rashpal
Malhotra, Sucha Singh Gill and 
Neetu Gaur
CRRID, Chandigarh. Pages 274. Rs 500.

Leveraging Economic Growth for Collective Prosperity in South AsiaIn the second volume, the authors have emphasised cooperation among the countries of South Asia, in economic development to fight chronic socio-economic problems, particularly poverty. The authors are optimistic about the economic growth of South Asian countries. They believe that regional cooperation between South Asian countries can step up the growth rate, help to raise the standard of living and resolve inter-nation conflicts that have bogged them down. Distrust, tensions and conflicts consume much of the sub-continentís energies since Independence. Commenting on the SAARC countriesí disappointing progress in 28 years' of existence, the authors feel that it was conceived with good intentions but only hesitant steps for regional cooperation have been taken. SAARC nations do not share a common vision and are unaware of regional cooperation for the welfare of their people. Leaders have not been able to enshrine the vision of the SAARC Charter into practical steps to bring people together and build bridges to ensure that South Asia can play an important role in the growth of global economy.

South and Central Asia Quest for Peace and Cooperation 
Ed Rashpal Malhotra, P L Dash, Sucha Singh Gill and Murat M Bakhadirov
CRRID, Chandigarh. Pages 256 Rs 495.

South and Central Asia Quest for Peace and Cooperation In the third volume the authors have brought out that China and India will be two of the largest economies of the world by 2030. The revival of global economy and its sustained development according to authors is linked to the dynamism of Chinese and Indian economy. These two countries are likely to increase influence both in Central and South Asia. India being the largest country with healthy economy in South Asia has a responsibility to cooperate with Central and South Asian countries that are also looking forward to India for growth and peace.

All the three volumes have well researched papers from the authors and experts with authenticated data to prove their point of views in a simple and concise language with a deep understanding of the Central and South Asian countries' economic issues and resultant influence of Chinese and Indian economies. It is recommended that the three volumes in sufficient quantities be kept in all libraries of the country and abroad that will help the readers and researchers a great incentive to work further on Central and South Asia countries for peace and cooperation besides sustainable economic growth.