This report is divided into five chapters for ease of accessibility. Each chapter deals with a defined theme but the content of the chapters flow into one another. The report begins by critiquing the neo liberal reforms adopted by the governments of South Asia with its attendant structural adjustment.

Most governments of South Asian countries claim to be stern upholders of democracy. They claim to have maintained high levels of transparency and accountability and to have respected the rule of law necessary for the promotion of the interests of their citizens.