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Priya Ravichandran

Let his village remember

A review of Farthest Field by Raghu Karnad. Raghu Karnad’s Farthest Field (Harper Collins India) is a “forensic non-fiction” about three men who lived in his house as sepia coloured photographs in silver frames, until he decided to find out more about them starting with their real names. What starts as an effort to paint […]

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Building Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s long journey to try and come to terms with its own history, and grasp a sense of a stable future is ultimately what Salil Tripathi’s The Colonel Who would not Repent is about.  Salil Tripathi’s The Colonel Who would not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy is a detailed account of the 1971 War of Independence […]

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Education in Pakistan

Pakistan needs schools, teachers, secular curriculum and an efficient system to replace the madrasas. On December 16th, 2015, 6 militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban group gained access to the Army school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and murdered 145 people including 132 children. The attack was said to be retaliation and revenge for the Zarb-e-Azb operation […]

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A crippled Pakistan

The crisis in Pakistan’s fight against polio is that of a weak state which does not have the will, reach or capacity to control the public health narrative. 26 years after the World Health Organization started its Global Polio Eradication Initiative and for only the second time since the health norms were established in 2005, […]

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The state of war

A  review of TV Paul’s The Warrior State-Pakistan in the Contemporary World. Pakistan teeters at the brink of a crisis that could prove disastrous for democracy in the country, and yet again the military is showing signs of stepping in to set things straight. The more you see the situation unfold across television and newspapers, the […]

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Impact Balochistan

The movement of IDPs and potential militants into Balochistan will prove to be disastrous for the province with serious implications for regional security. On June 15th, 2014, the Pakistani Armed forces launched a “comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan.” Countries and provinces bordering the region were asked to […]

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Perfumes of Arabia

India should be wary of the Saudi influence in Pakistan and its deeper impact in the region. The idea of Pakistan being a secular republic with citizenship rights accorded to all minorities was a brief one that never stood a chance against the more orthodox followers of Jinnah, who at the declaration of the Lahore […]

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The ban(e) on the Republic

The push for a political movement for the continuity of a liberal, democratic, republic has to happen now. We, in India have in the last few decades become a democracy, with little political will to defend the republic. In a race to prove our cultural and regional exceptionalism, we have systematically and emphatically alienated ourselves […]

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Narratives should matter

People don’t speak out about rape, harassment, abuse, and discrimination because they are afraid that it might no longer be their story to tell. Narratives matter. Who tells the story and how the story is told often changes the outcome of the story. It also says a lot about who is in control of the […]

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