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Decolonizing Development: Unpacking Post-Colonialism in South Asia

Hoang, Nga and Zhen, Zhao and Shaturaev, Jakhongir (2023): Decolonizing Development: Unpacking Post-Colonialism in South Asia. Forthcoming in: International Journal of Development Research , Vol. 17, No. 11 (14 December 2023): pp. 1-12.

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This conceptual paper aims to critically examine the colonial legacy and its impact on development in South Asia, with a specific focus on decolonization efforts and the implications for state-building, social inequalities, and cultural preservation. It explores the ideologies and mechanisms of colonial domination and their enduring effects on the region's socio-economic and political landscape. The paper also draws upon indigenous knowledge systems and South Asian philosophical perspectives to propose alternative approaches to development that challenge Eurocentric notions and promote self-reliance, cultural diversity, and sustainable development. Through this investigation, the paper highlights the importance of decolonization for South Asia's emancipation and offers a unique perspective on post-colonial development paradigms.

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