Tag: India

The Ambiguous Identity of a Kashmiri

The ambiguous identity of a Kashmiri is one that some of us have had to live with for a while now. Indian nationalists are quick to claim their intractable hold on Kashmiris; Pakistani nationalists are just as quick to claim to speak for Kashmiris. Kashmir, despite having a real internal history and a place in…

The enduring saga of Devdas in Pakistan!

The most devastating effect of the Devdas syndrome lies in contaminating the society with the dangerous virus of self-destruction and pessimism. This attitude has deeply permeated the psyche of several generations in the subcontinent born before or after the partition. The emotional and pessimistic attitude of these generations, who remain aloof from their social realities,…

Modern Day Colony in South Asia

India and Pakistan have a choice of accepting international intervention or come to a practical solution of the Kashmir dispute through a mutually negotiated agreement that also involves Kashmiris. Very few people know that there is a modern-day colony occupied by three nuclear powers right there in our neck of the woods. Not only the…

Pakistan Awaits a New Cultural Policy

A recent article by Shah Rukh Khan describes what is being a Muslim in India. It was published on January 29 in Outlook Turning Points 2013 (Published by the New York Times). In a prompt reaction Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik urged the Indian government to provide security to its well-known Muslim actor. Malik’s statement…

South Asia Democracy Watch Criticizes Attempts to Derail Democracy in Pakistan

South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW)     South Asia Democracy Watch Criticizes Attempts to Derail Democracy in Pakistan   Suggests Strong Measures to Normalize India-Pakistan Relations   The influential pressure group in the U.S., South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW), has severely criticized recent attempts to weaken the democratic process through pseudo marches and fake resistance…

Negotiate with the TTP?

  With their hands tied together, 21 abducted off-duty Levies personnel were lined up in a cricket ground near Peshawar on December 30, 2012, and then summarily executed. Negotiations conducted through village elders with TTP militants had failed after the militants refused ransom money. Instead, their demands were purely ideological: Pakistan must accept sharia law,…

Roots of Fundamentalism

The textbooks being used in Madrassas were originally written in Arabic centuries ago. The books on philosophy and logic were written in thirteen and fourteen centuries. Books on health and medicine, written in the eleventh century, are still considered relevant and books on religion were written between eleventh and seventeenth centuries. Early schooling builds basic…

What's in a Name? The Case of Sindhu and Indus

“What’s in a name?” Take the case of Sindhu the original name of River Indus. Different people and different platforms discuss it in different ways. The mere fact that they still discuss the name that has been anglicized since centuries is important. Last month I had been directly involved in two discussions on the subject.…