Smruti S. Pattanaik

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  • Smruti S. Pattanaik is Research Fellow (SS) at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

    SAARC at Twenty-Five: An Incredible Idea Still in Its Infancy

    The SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit is often described as being a mere photo opportunity for south Asian leaders who should actually be using the comatose organisation to reinvent regional cooperation in a globalised world. Such pessimism is inevitable if one takes stock of the progress that SAARC has made over the period of time. There exists a SAARC convention to deal with all issues that have a certain salience in the regional context.

    September 2010

    Time to Redeem SAARC

    While the world community is trying its best to provide help to flood affected Pakistan in spite of aid fatigue, SAARC is conspicuous by its absence.

    August 20, 2010

    Jammu and Kashmir: Governance is the key

    The survey in J&K and ‘Azad Kashmir’ indicates that people consider unemployment as a major problem, followed by corruption, poor economic development and human rights abuses.

    July 07, 2010

    Faithful Education: Madrassahs in South Asia by Ali Riaz

    Faithful Education: Madrassahs in South Asia by Ali Riaz
    Rutgers University Press, NJ, 2008, pp. 320, $59.95, ISBN 975-0813543459

    May 2010

    Engaging Pakistan: Shift in the Post-Mumbai Posture

    Engaging Pakistan would reduce tension between the two countries, deflect international pressure on India to resume the dialogue, and ensure that Pakistan does not have an excuse to divert its troops from the Western border.

    June 07, 2010

    Perceptions of India’s Neighbourhood Policy in Bangladesh

    Fellows' Seminar
    June 18, 2010
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Awami League in Power: Lost Priorities and Opportunities

    Campus violence by its student body, avoidable controversy over the constitution of the war crime tribunal, and unnecessary confrontation with the BNP are diverting the Awami League from its commitment to generate a change in Bangladesh's political culture.

    May 14, 2010

    SAARC at 25: Time to Reflect

    Instead of taking up new areas in its summit declarations, SAARC should focus on trade, connectivity and security and the need to develop a regional identity. Only a regional identity will generate a regional approach.

    May 07, 2010

    Cross-LoC Confidence Building Measures between India and Pakistan: A Giant Leap or a Small Step towards Peace?

    The report examines the reaction of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to various cross-LoC contacts that have been initiated by India and Pakistanwhich is an important bilateral Confidence-Building Measure (CBM) between India and Pakistan. This report also analyses the problems and prospects of opening of other routes.

    February 12, 2010

    The Political undoing of Zardari

    The current change in the Chair of the NCA merely indicates the declining power of President Zardari and does not necessarily mean empowerment of the civilian government.

    December 04, 2009