Contents: Acknowledgements. Introduction/Smitu Kothari and Zia Mian. I. Taking the lead: 1. The Pakistan-India Peace Process/Mubashir Hasan. 2. (Ad)ventures of Friendship/Sumanta Banerjee. II. Personal/historical journeys: 3. People to people contact/Kuldip Nayar. 4. Reflecting peace/Anand Patwardhan. 5. Finding roots and references in South Asia/I.A. Rehman. 6. Diary from a peace march/Sandeep Pandey and Sanat Mohanty. 7. A Pakistani looks at India/Pervez Hoodbhoy. III. Women, education and labour: 8. A quarter century of building bridges/Kamla Bhasin. 9. Women's role in building peace/Beena Sarwar. 10. Dismantling prejudice: the challenges for education/Lalita Ramdas. 11. A troubled peace/Jamila Verghese. 12. Situating labour's Struggle for peace and development/Karamat Ali. IV. Culture: 13. Jottings by an original Lahoran/Nirupama Dutt. 14. India-Pakistan relations in the context of cinema's Hindustan/Narendra Panjwani. 15. Crossing borders through the performing arts/Sheema Kirmani. 16. Changing hearts through theatre/Madeeha Gauhar. 17. Changing the paradigm/Shehryar Ahmad. V. Lessons, limits and the way forward: 18. Peace initiatives/Asma Jehangir. 19. Pakistan-India interactions/Balraj Puri. 20. Sustaining India-Pakistan peace: challenges for civil society and the military/Laxminarayan Ramdas. 21. Building a Nuclear Disarmament Movement: learning lessons since 1998/Achin Vanaik.
"Over the past three decades, in the shadow of hostile nationalisms fuelled by radical Islamic and Hindu politics, military crises, a runaway arms race, nuclear weapons and war, an amazing set of civil society initiatives has been taking root in India and Pakistan. A citizen's diplomacy movement embracing thousands of activists, scholars, business people and retired government officials has emerged in an unprecedented effort to build national and cross-border networks for peace and cooperation between the two countries. In these essays, leading scholars, activists and writers from India and Pakistan reflect on the political and personal impact of crossing the border, and explore the possibilities and limits of this new movement in its quest to chart a path to peace between the two countries."