This volume has come about as a result of the painstaking work of a large number of individuals and organizations. ‘Imagine a New South Asia’ is an initiative involving civil society groups from across the region. Thanks are due first and foremost to the people of the region whose perspectives are being presented here. We thank Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir of Dhaka for conceptualizing the initiative along with Netra Timsina of NGO Federation Nepal, Abid Suleri of SDPI, Islamabad, and Qazi Koliquzzmaan of BUP, Bangladesh, who all took great pains to mobilize the civil society in their respective countries to join the campaign. We express our gratitude to the Indian Social Institute, Delhi, for supporting the process of research, and also Humra Qureshi for the efforts she made in bringing together various authors without whom this volume would not have been possible.
We acknowledge and appreciate all the authors who have contributed here, for their time and vision, especially Professor Babu Mathew for sharing his insight and vision of a new South Asia which proved valuable for the campaign. A special mention is also due to Professor Manoj Jha of Delhi University for his help in the initial stages of the research and Professor Kamal Mitra Chenoy of JNU for his outstanding support to the work. We appreciate Hindu Singh Sodha of the Simant Lok Sangathan for his help and support as also Guman Singh of the Himalaya Niti Abhiyan for his time and efforts. We thank Arjimand Hussain of Srinagar for his sustained help and the role of Imran Ali must also be acknowledged in supporting the coming about of this work.
Last, but not the least, we express our sincere gratitude to colleagues from ActionAid for their inspiration and support: Anil Pant, Asgar Ali Sabri, Bijay Kumar, Bimal Phnuyal, Fikre Zewdie, G. B. Adhikari, Jagat Patnaik, John Samuel, Shahidur Rahman, Shafqat Munir, Shibesh Regmi, Shoaib Siddiqui, Rangsima Deesawade and Ramesh Singh. Their faith in a new South Asia has become a source of eternal inspiration to the campaign.
We appreciate all the staff members and students of Springdales, Amritsar, especially Samir Arora for the invaluable help and trust reposed in the vision of Imagine a New South Asia.
We thank the editorial and production teams at Pearson Education India for partnering with us in this significant publication.