Governance has become a buzzword in the 21st century. State, international development agencies and member of civil societies all participate in the discourse of governance. This panel will critically analyse the idea of governance in South Asia keeping the issue of development and state in focus
The idea of governance has generated interests of all in last few decades. Governance is defined as the process of governing. It looks like the discourse of development has been replaced by the issue of governance. After the intrusion of neoliberal agenda into the nation state, governance has become the centre of discussion in academic domain as well as in the public sphere. Intellectuals argue there has been a shift from government to governance. State is no longer the prime authority responsible for governance and development. The new governance entails market, network, development agencies, and international organisation to take responsibility and participate in the process of governance and development. Due to the advancement of network and information technology the strict boundary between different countries getting blurred. This situation demands a new form of governance in terms of large scale transnational human migration, changed legal framework, issues of security, health, education, poverty and so on. Societies are diverse and it is impossible to have any kind of universal form of governance. Contradiction and conflict arises when modern governance and traditional governance take place in the same domain. Issues of identity, ethnic and religious multiplicity poses a challenge to the process of governance in many of the South Asian countries. So this panel intends to question and analyse some of the issues surrounding the issue of governance, development and the state.