This book is centred on the role of the triangular interactions among communities, educational sectors, and academic diplomacy in facilitating peaceful societal change by evaluating the common challenges in India, Myanmar, and Thailand. It analyses urban poverty, religious freedom, ethnic diversity, women’s rights, development and regional partnership, civil-military relations, and human security in democratic transition and explores in-depth the societal issues from local and international perspectives paying special attention to the protection of ‘rights’ and promotion of ‘security’ in these societies.
The book highlights that the continuous application of knowledge across borders and the promotion of international norms are essential tools in enabling social transformations from the bottom. In addition, the contributors promote further discussion on both the process and the outcome from action research projects that shape the lives of the local people and their communities. The book therefore contributes to the existing literature by offering additional insights into the societies of India, Myanmar and Thailand for policy makers, social innovators, researchers, development analysts and planners and the general public including students.
Table of Contents
1. Crossing Borders in South and Southeast Asia: Assessing Existing Problems through a New Lens
2. Addressing Urban Poverty through Empowerment and Inclusion in India
3. Development Efforts toward Ecological Sustainability in Calcutta: Transformation of a Metropolis
4. De facto State Religion as a Threat to Freedom of Religion and Belief: Case Study of Ethnic Christians in Myanmar
5. Escalation of Ethno-Cultural Tensions in Southern Thailand in the Midst of Assimilation and Homogenisation
6. The Rakhine (Arakan) Buddhists: A Little Known Minority in Myanmar
7. Promotion of Women’s Rights in ASEAN: Myanmar Women’s Organisations for Sustainable Unity in Diversity
8. Online Political Parody in Thailand: Political Communication under the Computer Crime Act (No. 2) 2017
9. Japanese Official Development Assistance, Geopolitics, and Connectivity in the Mekong Region: Implications for Aid to Myanmar
10. Japan’s Mekong Policy and Myanmar: Complementing a Viable Strategic Partnership
11. Arch-Royalist Autocracy Unlimited: Civil-Military Relations in Contemporary Thailand
12. Basics of Human Security, Principles of Democracy and Reality of Transition: Implications for Burma.