Minority persecution in South Asia is often exaggerated

I had written in an article on this very forum some time back that many Indians and Pakistanis validate their deep-rooted nationalist prejudices by exaggerating the problems of the religious minorities on the other side of the border.

As an Indian, I have written articles informing my fellow countrymen that Pakistan has had a Christian . . . → Read More: Minority persecution in South Asia is often exaggerated

The exceptionalist Pakistani narrative eating up Pakistan

Recent revelations from the otherwise dormant Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah made the entire country undergo a cognitive dissonance of sorts. Well-educated militants are behind high-profile attacks, Shah proclaimed in a press conference from Nawabshah. IBA graduate, Saad Aziz, was said to be the mastermind of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud’s murder, and the main . . . → Read More: The exceptionalist Pakistani narrative eating up Pakistan

Writers gather around the freedom of expression

More than 150 writers have written an open letter to the Bangladeshi government calling for action to protect free expression and to bring perpetrators to justice

More than 150 writers from around the world, including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Colm Tóibín, have added their name to a Guardian letter condemning . . . → Read More: Writers gather around the freedom of expression

Chimamanda’s golden words at her lecture

“No one is being murdered or hauled off by the American government to prison for writing a novel,” said Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture, which closed the PEN World Voices festival in New York Sunday night. Though couched in a thoughtful set of anecdotes, Adichie . . . → Read More: Chimamanda’s golden words at her lecture

Lindsay Lohan is fascinated by Islam but is not converting to it

Lindsay Lohan was seen carrying a leather-bound copy of the Koran on her first day of community service – prompting speculation that she’d converted to Islam.

However, this might not be the case.

Despite reading the Muslim text, she is apparently not “fully converting” to Islam.

A spokesperson for Lohan told The Independent: “To . . . → Read More: Lindsay Lohan is fascinated by Islam but is not converting to it

Feminist parties make a mark in Sweden

Sweden’s Feminist Initiative party is reshaping politics in the country – and beyond

“I have to be away by ten past so I can get the bus to the party”, says Gudrun Schyman, the charismatic co-leader of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative party, as she glances at her tablet. In a small . . . → Read More: Feminist parties make a mark in Sweden

What came first? Mohenjodaro or Rakhigarhi?

What do you think our forefathers – the Harappans — looked like? A group of Indian archaeologists who are looking to answer this intriguing question are increasingly assuming that the people of the Indus Valley came from India. This assumption, as any serious archaeologist will tell you, flies in the face of current archaeological evidence.

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Absolving Pakistan of dissent and freedom

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety” — this clichéd quote is ascribed to Benjamin Franklin; it presupposes a trade-off but for the inhabitants of Karachi, there is no choice to be made; there is neither liberty, nor security.

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What does one do after Sabeen’s departure?

HOW do you report on a funeral where you were one of the hundreds of people who bore the body?

How do you separate yourself from the grief, the anger, and the dozens of whispered conversations you hear all around you — from your friends, from strangers — about how she completely changed people’s lives?

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