This book grew out of a seminar organized in March 2008 by the India Theatre Forum, which had the idea of bringing together a
large group of theatre persons, academics, activists, thinkers and critics, and permitting them over three days to talk about issues relevant to India’s theatre today.
Is an editor of an anthology of essays anything more than a compiler? Is she (or he) merely expected to read widely on the subject, string to-gether whatever essays are available (and ideally unpublished), slap on an Introduction in which the contents of the essays are summarized, and dispatch it to the publisher? When I was working in the publishing world, an editor was virtually expected to stamp her personality on the anthology, infusing it with—if I may use the word—a vision.
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?