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word Globalom combines 'global' and
the Sanskrit word 'Om', emphasising that despite
social, cultural, economic and political diversity and disparities, we
are living in ONE WORLD.
is an international venture operating from Canada and Europe
under the umbrella of GlobalomNet. The objective is to provide ďa
diversity of perspective, not simply to argue whose opinion is
is a non-profit organisation with time, effort and money donated by a
group of dedicated people living in Canada, U.S.A., Europe, and other
parts of the world.
Globalom Media produces South
Asian on Web TV, which offers South Asian Outlook on Web TV
in addition to other programmes produced by other organisations and
Globalom Media publishes the South Asian Outlook, The
Global South and Indo-Canada
The South Asian Outlook is an independent e-Monthly by South
Asians for South Asians living in South Asia, people of South Asian
origin who are settled in different parts of the world and for all those
who are interested in the rich cultural heritage of South Asia, its
diversity, its complexity and its vitality.
The World Bank
defines South Asia as a region comprising of Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We have oriented
ourselves to South Asia as perceived by the South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
However, in view of the importance of Afghanistan to the region and
beyond, the South Asian News page also provides links to sources giving
news on that volatile country.
SAARC was established in 1985 at the First SAARC Summit held in Dhaka,
Bangladesh, even though the ideas for a regional grouping of South Asian
nations had been mooted since 1980. Currently made up of Bangladesh,
Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, SAARC's main
goal is to accelerate economic and social development in member states
through joint action in certain agreed areas of cooperation.
The potential of countries in the SAARC region is vast and yet much of
it is untapped. There are some identifiable reasons for this: internal
and external conflicts within and between member states, rigid and
inflexible economic policies as well as unnecessary bureaucracy and
However, many improvements are now taking place as a pragmatic approach
towards solving economic and social troubles gains acceptance among the
member states. After all, there are many more good reasons for promoting
regional co-operation: reducing danger of external intervention,
reducing, political, military and economic tensions within the region,
expanding trade and other economic ties within a much larger market
formed by the reduction and elimination of trade barriers, co-ordinating
measures for mutual benefit in diverse areas ranging from poverty
eradication to environmental protection, and Improving the already close
cultural links that exist among the South Asian states.
To date, South Asia remains a symbol of Eastern Promise - golden
opportunities yet to be realised. SAARC may be the catalyst that helps
to promote fulfilment of the dream.
We believe that some 20 million South Asians originating from
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who
are spread around the world - in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean,
North America and South America - can contribute to making that dream a
- President (North
America) Globalom Media
quote with permission from Mr Michael Chender,