India and Pakistan have preferred to sit on opposing sides since their births as nations. Unfortunately, this acrimony continues whenever these two nuclear-armed nations meet in regional organizations. This lack of ability to limit tensions to bilateral forums has paralyzed the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).
A century ago, you would have needed only $100 to buy what $1,641 buys today (a 1,541-percent inflation rate). A decade ago, you would have needed $100 to buy what $115 buys today (a 15-percent inflation rate).