An Analysis of the Viability of the South Asian States; A Study in Political Geography

Document Type : Original Article


- Associate Professor of Geography, Patna University, Patna, Bihar, India


A state is said to be politically viable only when its territory and humanity are organized together, as a single unit in terms of a particular, distinctive idea, i.e. the ‘state-idea’ which justifies the existence of the particular state incorporating the diverse regions into it; the state must have a raison d’être-reason for existence. Viability is a measure of the effectiveness with which a state can be administered to fulfill the purposes to which the state was created. Each state, on being created, is required to formulate a set of purposes to which its citizenry must adhere, or can subscribe, which commands widespread support in the state, and is different from the purposes formulated by other states. Such a statement of purposes, with which the citizenry of the state can identify itself, constitutes the ‘state-idea’. It is the ‘state-idea’ that keep the state geopolitically organized, and resists the centrifugal forces, or the forces of disintegration to become active to cause geopolitically disintegration of the state.
The present paper aims to study the level of political viability of the South Asian States, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Sri-Lanka, in terms of the fulfillment of the purposes, for which they were created. It, also, studies their raison d’être. The paper examines this aspect of the viability, in politico-geographical context, and framework.


Volume 7, Issue 24
December 2012
Pages 137-160
  • Receive Date: 22 May 2011
  • Revise Date: 27 September 2011
  • Accept Date: 17 December 2011
  • First Publish Date: 22 December 2011