Call for Papers on “Contemporary Issues in South Asia”

Volume Editor: Dr Gagan Deep Sharma

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For abstract is May 20, 2019 and for the completed chapter July 20, 2019.

Contact with a copy to assistant editors Ms Mansi Jain ( and Ms Isha Garg (

I am aware of your research rigor and your impactful publications in recent times. Given this, I take the pleasure of inviting you to contribute to the upcoming book on Contemporary Issues in South Asia being edited by myself for Nova Publishers. To learn more about Nova and recent books published by Nova, please visit About Us at


The proposed book seeks to address the emerging issues of the South Asian countries namely Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives, by presenting research and analysis which is both cross-sectional and multi-disciplinary. From this perspective, the book encourages the development of future research agendas across arts and social sciences disciplines, based on the South Asian region. Pan-regional and inter-disciplinary analysis, with an aim to create a research space to explore the emerging multi-dimensional issues for the researchers working on South Asia and South Asian diasporas in the post-colonial era, are also welcome. In more than one sense, South Asia comprising of nine independent states and accounting for about one-fourth of the world’s population, presents a unique case of study.

The continuous interaction of global and regional forces, along with the new domestic compulsions and disturbances, have been keeping the region in a state of tension (Warikoo, 2016). Gupta (1996) categorizes the traditional geopolitical concept of security including the defense of a territory as very narrow, and further emphasizes on the need for it to include further theories of economic development, social reconstruction and empowerment of human rights. The problems of South Asian region are different from those in the developed world.

The region is characterised by rapidly changing socioeconomic scenario, fast-increasing urbanization and longevity, changes in dietary patterns, and decrease in mortality from infectious diseases (Wasay, Khatri, & Kaul, 2014). Draught, cyclones, floods, rural poverty and deprivation push rural population to flock to cities. Therefore, urbanization can be viewed as consequence of these factors rather than the result of economic growth. This leads to environmental degradation, poverty and growth of urban slums (Hasan, 1999; Islam & Tahir, 2002). Rapidly growing population along with the rapid pace of urbanization and industrialisation put pressure on the scarce resources including arable land. The food needs of the growing population has entailed considerable damage, including depletion and degradation of natural resources and unsustainable use of land and water resources (Alauddin & Quiggin, 2008).

The lack of investment in human development indicators, namely- education and health- has contributed to underdevelopment of these regions. This makes them vulnerable to the negative consequences of globalization (Islam & Tahir, 2002). The regional and economic integration is a viable instrument to protect individual countries when benefits of discriminatory protectionist policies are withdrawn (Kar, 2018). Using the case of South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA), Kar (2018) observes that the formation of a trade bloc promotes member countries’ exports at both intra-bloc and extra-bloc levels. However, Karim (2014) argues that regional integration in South Asian regions is confronting many challenges, including high-politics and not-so conducive regional economic structures. Therefore, it is yet to deliver some concrete outcomes. Although various bilateral agreements have been successful in achieving considerable liberalisation, factor mobility and barriers to trade are high in these regions (Jayasuriya & Maskay, 2010).

To achieve economic cooperation among the countries, efforts must be made to promote investment and liberalise trade, create investment areas, ease free flow of information and visa restrictions and promote vertical and horizontal production integration (H. A. Khan & Larik, 2007). Over the recent years, there have been calls for reviews relating to the classical model of demographic and epidemiological transition with primary focus on South Asia (Islam & Tahir, 2002; Simpson, Khatri, Ravindran, & Udalagama, 2015), or for massive or rural population (Janjua, Butt, Mahmood, & Altaf, 2016; M. A. Khan & Shah, 2011), or education related issues (Ghuman, 2001; Jones, 2006; Warikoo, 2016), or the environmental challenges (Alauddin & Quiggin, 2008; Dasgupta, Shyamsundar, & Maler, 2004; M. A. Khan & Shah, 2011), or technological backwardness (Singh & Udai, 2019; Warikoo, 2016). South Asia has been presenting organic solutions to socio-economic challenges of modern times.

These include, for example, Gandhian Economics (Kumarappa, 1951), Social Business (M. Yunus, 1999; Muhammad Yunus, Moingeon, & Lehmann-Ortega, 2010), Buddhist Economics (His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 2012), co-existential philosophy (Gaur, Sangal, & Bagaria, 2009; Nagraj, 2008, 2009, 2011), and other experiments (Sharma, Uppal, & Mahendru, 2016). This book proposed on “Contemporary Issues in South Asia” shall provide insights into the following themes, but not limited to:

  •  Issues in Regional and Economic integration among South Asian countries such as economic development, migration, mass poverty, trade relations, Bureaucratic procedures, etc.
  •  Technological challenges/ backwardness faced/ of the South Asian countries
  •  Governance and Political crisis among South Asian countries such as the geopolitical context, type of governance, etc.
  •  Massive and rural population of such countries
  •  Unconducive environment in such countries
  •  Socio-demographic factors including gender inequality, unemployment and illiteracy
  •  Human health, well-being and relationships
  •  Education for happiness and other innovative experiments in South Asia I welcome you to submit one or more original research or review chapter(s) for the upcoming hardcover edited collection tentatively entitled: “Contemporary Issues in South Asia”.

Inclusion in Nova’s edited collections is without charge to authors. The only exceptions are color figures if required and an English editing fee if it is determined to be necessary. Other manuscript enhancement options are available at the author’s discretion. Please see the detailed notes for contributors. You are welcome to extend this invitation letter on my behalf to your esteemed and recommended colleague(s) active in this field of research.

look forward to the possibility of working together.

With warm regards,

Dr Gagan Deep Sharma 
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Sector 16 C, Dwarka, New Delhi. 
Email: Voice: +91-85274-00113 


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Janjua, N. Z., Butt, Z. A., Mahmood, B., & Altaf, A. (2016). Towards safe injection practices for prevention of hepatitis C transmission in South Asia: Challenges and progress. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 22(25), 5837–5852.

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Singh, G. P., & Udai, M. S. (2019). Institutional Design of Select Competition Authorities in South Asia: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities. Review of Industrial Organization, 54(2, SI), 283–326. Warikoo, K. (2016). Central Asia and South Asia: Opportunities and Challenges. India Quarterly-A Journal of International Affairs, 72(1), 1–15.

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