Regaining its status as one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, South Asia is expected to play a significant role in the shaping of the so-called Asian century. Home to approximately 24% of the world’s population, South Asia is known for its astounding cultural diversity. The region’s economic growth, according to the recent World Bank South Asia Economic Focus, is anticipated to accelerate from 7.1 percent in 2016 to 7.3 percent in 2017, reaching 7.4 percent in 2018 and 7.5 percent in 2019. This also means that South Asia needs to generate employment for more than 12 million people of working age every year. The region faces an array of challenges in making healthcare, livelihood, education, and security available to its citizens. South Asia's political environment, too, remains unpredictable. Politics based on identities rather than socio-economic programmes remains a dominant force.
Following its successful launch in 2017, the South Asia Conclave is likely to become a major platform to talk about issues pertaining to South Asia, aimed at developing a deeper understanding. South Asia Conclave, second in the series, seeks to closely examine the key issues affecting the Indian politics, business and politics, political finance, civil-military relations, etc.