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Arjun Guneratne is professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Macalester College. Anita M. Weiss is professor and head of the Department of International Studies at the University of Oregon.
Introduction: Situating Domestic Politics in South Asia
Chapter 1: The Colonial Legacy
Chapter 2: India
Chapter 3: Pakistan
Anita M. Weiss
Chapter 4: Sri Lanka
Chapter 5: Nepal
Pratyoush Onta and Seira Tamang
Chapter 6: Bangladesh
Haroun er Rashid
A well-written introduction to all the politicking that happens within the subcontinent and the gamut of forces that decide its political direction.
— The Kathmandu Post
Through standalone chapters that provide a concise yet comprehensive overview of the political, economic and social trajectories of five countries in the region, [Guneratne and Weiss] provide a digestible yet expansive text for undergraduate education. . . . The authors go out of their way to highlight heterogeneity within the five countries under study. . . . each chapter can stand alone as a broad overview of a particular country. This book will also be a valuable resource for readers looking to contextualize recent events in South Asia from the violent end of the civil war in Sri Lanka to the debate over the constitution in Nepal or resurgence of militant Hindu nationalism in India. . . . In summary, this book makes important strides as a comprehensive text on South Asia. It synthesizes complex political, economic and social trajectories in a wide range of countries to an extent not seen in comparable volumes.
— Studies in Indian Politics
Why do most South Asian politicians face inward, obsessed with their country's domestic politics, religious battles, and caste struggles, when the obvious need is to promote cooperation in the world's least-integrated region? The answers to this question are complex and dealt with in this inside-out view of South Asia, making it an indispensable source for students of the region.
— Stephen P. Cohen, The Brookings Institution
The growth of populations and economies in South Asia is making the region's politics ever more relevant to the rest of the world. Yet understanding the complexity and diversity of domestic affairs in South Asia requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. This ambitious volume offers precisely that. Its contributors expertly weave together interpretations of historical and contemporary episodes in each of South Asia's states even as they explore themes common to the entire region.
— Daniel S. Markey, Council on Foreign Relations