South Asian Outlook is an independent e-Monthly
South Asians for South
Asians living in South Asia, people of South Asian
origin who are settled in different parts of the world
and for all those who are interested in the
rich cultural heritage of South Asia, its diversity,
its complexity and its vitality.
GlobalomNet Media - a new transatlantic venture with
two headquarters, in Canada for North America and in
Germany for the Euro-Mediterranean region - publishes
the South Asian Outlook. The GlobalomNet Media also
publishes the independent monthly e-Journal The
South Asia as a region comprising of Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan
and Sri Lanka. We have oriented ourselves to South
Asia as perceived by the South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
However, in view of the importance of Afghanistan to
the region and beyond, the South Asian News page also
provides links to sources giving news on that volatile
was established in 1985 at the First SAARC Summit held
in Dhaka, Bangladesh, even though the ideas for a
regional grouping of South Asian nations had been
mooted since 1980.
made up of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka, SAARC's main goal is to
accelerate economic and social development in member
states through joint action in certain agreed areas of
potential of countries in the SAARC region is
vast and yet much of it is untapped. There are some
identifiable reasons for this: internal and
external conflicts within and between member states,
rigid and inflexible economic policies as well as
unnecessary bureaucracy and rampant corruption.
many improvements are now taking place as a pragmatic
approach towards solving economic and social troubles
gains acceptance among the member states. After all,
there are many more good reasons for promoting
regional co-operation: reducing danger of
external intervention, reducing, political, military
and economic tensions within the region, expanding
trade and other economic ties within a much larger
market formed by the reduction and elimination of
trade barriers, co-ordinating measures for mutual
benefit in diverse areas ranging from poverty
eradication to environmental protection, and Improving
the already close cultural links that exist among the
South Asian states.
date, South Asia remains a symbol of Eastern
Promise - golden opportunities yet to be realised.
SAARC may be the catalyst that helps to promote
fulfilment of the dream.
believe that some 20 million South Asians originating
from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who are spread around the
world - in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, North
America and South America - can contribute to making
that dream a reality.
Publisher & Managing Editor