Remembering Sahibzada Yaqub Khan

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Sahibzada Yaqub Khan (1920-2016)

In the late 1990s, there were quite a few attempts I made to meet up with Sahibzada Yaqub Khan when he was in London. My friend Samina Pervez at the Pakistan High Commission (I was serving in the Bangladesh High Commission) made it a point to keep me informed of the retired general’s visits to… Read more »

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Follow-up: The Kashmir analogy

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6.+Kashmir

This follows on Syed Badrul Ahsan’s wonderful piece “Hannan Shah’s Kashmir analogy”. Ahsan has used a fine toothcomb to scan Hannan Shah’s Kashmir analogy and, in the process, set the historical record straight. I don’t plan to do a repeat, but cannot resist the temptation to discuss why the Bengali struggle for independence succeeded and… Read more »

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India’s minority problem is everywhere in South Asia

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Kolkata-Beef-protest

India’s minorities, particularly the Muslims, are facing tough times. The matter has received great attention for the anti-beef agitation mounted by a section of Indians from the majority Hindu community, anti-intercommunal marriages – Love Jihad et cetera – and aggressive doubting of Muslim loyalty to India. In this hostile environment, the concerns expressed by high… Read more »

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