In recent years there has been much concern at the reckless, unregu-lated and destructive exploitation of groundwater in many parts of
India and a general agreement on the urgent need for regulation, though there have been differences on the form and modalities of regulation.
This volume is the outcome of a regional conference, called the Second SAARC Business Conclave that brought together a number
of key players from the private sector, policy makers, and academics who expressed hope that if the reform processes are in place, South Asia has the potential to achieve and sustain higher growth.
If nation states in their very creation are majoritarian in their thrust besides being the repositories of (often unbridled power) how have
certain institutions and instruments of minority rights protection proved effective in Europe but remained singularly undeveloped in South Asia?
As an individual deeply interested in the religion and culture of early India, I have consistently admired the writings of Wendy Doniger, enjoying every bit of what I have been able to read of her several works, ranging from lengthy monographs to crisp prefatory remarks and editorial interventions.