Thursday, February 18, 2010

Nafisa Ali's Vision for South Asia

Nafisa Ali, an Indian film actress and politician, a former Miss India and national women's swimming champion, is someone with family in each of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. She stars in a soon-to-be released movie Lahore. Here she talks about her vision for South Asia, on how artificial the borders in South Asia are, and her hope for the younger generation of South Asians - that they might finally give up the ultra-nationalism of their parents' and grandparents' generations, and might actually build a South Asia rather like the EU of today: with open borders, free trade, and even a common currency. (This was rather how it was in the pre-1947 era). Thus the hope is that the young people of today will recreate a South Asia that is rather like the one their great-grandparents lived in!