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Is the Saarc Having a Future? - A Critical Review

Indian government’s initiatives and its diplomatic offensive have been able to isolate Pakistan on the world forum, including among SAARC Nations. Islamabad is exploring the possibility of creating a greater South Asian economic alliance to include China, Iran and neighbouring Central Asian countries. Pakistan described the China-Pakistan economic corridor as the key economic route linking South Asia with Central Asia. This was the first time that four countries, India, Afghanistan, Bhutan & Bangladesh announced to boycott a SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November, 2016. India’s announcement not attending the summit underlined the growing irrelevance of the SAARC for India’s regionalism. Irrespective of India’s future relations with Pakistan, the Indian government’s search for alternatives to SAARC acquired a new momentum. As SAARC seems to be heading for the mortuary, India should take initiatives and let the BIMSTEC leaders know that the meltdown of SAARC does not mean India is giving up the ambitions of its neighbor-hood first strategy. In this direction, giving the BIMSTEC a more attractive name “BOBCOM” (The Bay of Bengal Community? is already under way and if the negative attitude of Pakistan persists, hopefully India will be able to find an alternative to the SAARC and establish BOBCOM by isolating Pakistan. Index terms- SAARC, Summit, SAARC Nations, Boycott of Pakistan, Regional Cooperation, Islamabad, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, BIMSTEC, BOBCOM.