In recent years, enthusiasts and optimists have been talking passionately of a ‘New South Asia’. The people of the Indian subcontinent are not cut-off from each other, but are rather coming together in every sense of the term. The lessening of rigidities, man-made barriers and vested political interests has paved the way for the people of South Asia to meet more regularly and spontaneously at various forums and platforms. In fact, in the year 2000, during a writers’ meet in New Delhi, the noted writer Kamleshwar said that it was about time that people from SAARC countries decided not only what they would eat and wear but also at what pace they’d like to grow. And as that meet progressed he hit out at Western notions ...