May, this year, female fetuses, girls and women in South Asia are treated with dignity they deserve as human individuals!
May the poor South Asians have better access to health resources, education and economic opportunities in the Year 2004!
May, in the New Year, the majority communities of South Asia be fairer to the minorities!
May public officials be less corrupt and the rich and powerful be less greedy, this year. May protection of police and courts be more accessible to everyone, and may people not resort to violence to settle their disagreements!
May South Asian leaders in the Year 2004, lead their people to peace and prosperity, and health and happiness, which they need and deserve!
May people, goods, arts and ideas find easier cross-border access, this year, among the South Asian neighbors!
May the Governments of India and Pakistan, in the New Year, resolve to halt development of weapons of mass destruction and to dismantle the existing ones!
Finally, may the Year 2004 bring material progress towards a just and equitable resolution of the conflicts in Kashmir, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, and a durable peace between India and Pakistan!