The Need for Sub Regional Integration in South Asia

A Paper by Jayshree Sengupta, Senior Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014

South Asia today has more poor and malnourished people than sub Saharan Africa. It is also marked by frequent incidents of violence, political instability and regime change. Because of an exponential increase in terrorist activities, it is becoming a global flashpoint.

India, Nepal and Bangladesh are contiguous countries of South Asia. Bangladesh and Nepal are located in a terrain full of rivers that is fertile and the northern and eastern parts of India that are adjacent to these countries form the Gangetic basin with a population of about 400 million people.

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