State-Society Relations and the Security Dynamics of South Asia


  • Huma Baqai


The state society equation of South Asia remains skewed. This is largely because of the narrow, traditionalist security paradigm governing the region; this has not allowed the states of South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular to have pro-people policies. The paper also attempts to look at the various traditional and non-traditional sources of insecurity, impacting the societies of South Asia and the resultant impact on the security dynamics of the region. The augmenting factors of South Asian states temperament, the role of the state itself in its present and historical perspective, the developmentalist orientation, the nation versus state building dilemma and dictatorship versus democracy paradigm, the rising role of the civil society, an attempt at redefining security and last but not least the problems of governance are also touched upon. The paper concludes on the challenge of redefining a state in South Asian context. –––––––––