Summer of 2004

It is the summer of 2004 – along and typically sweltering summer in the Subcontinent. A summer made even more unbearable by the inability of Asia's newest nuclear powers – India and Pakistan – to provide uninterrupted water and electricity supply to their major urban centres.

The euphoria over becoming nuclear-weapon states has long since evaporated, and tempers are running high on either side of the border. Battered by sanctions, the economies of both countries are barely limping along. And there is internal disarray as disenchanted citizens take to the streets day after day to protest the power and water shortages, and the lack of economic progress.

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