Subcontinental Drift: The Winners Are...

When we announced our essay contest two months ago, we fully expected a flood of entries: experience has taught us that our Indian and Pakistani readers hold strong opinions -- and are eager to share them. But nothing could prepare us for the deluge that ensued. If we were staggered by the sheer volume of entries, we were astonished by their variety.

The broad patterns were predictable. The majority of Indians cited their country's democracy as its greatest achievement; most Pakistanis cited their nation's very survival. But there were scores of left-field...