What brings India and Pakistan together? The usual stuff, of course — colonial legacy, cricket, Track II diplomacy, peaceniks, shared love of Bollywood and tandoori chicken. Add to that, quirks of nature as during the “great onion crisis” of 2010 when heavy rains devastated India’s onion crop, leading to a sharp spurt in prices and heartburn across the country. Pakistan stepped up to the plate — lorries laden with onions were ferried across the Wagah border, restoring calm to our cooking pots.Now, it is the turn of microbes to act as peacemaker in our troubled neighbourhood.
Read more, my latest column in The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle