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 »
In a tumultuous fortnight, during which many an illusion was shattered at the turn of the year, some home truths emerged in the chronically accident-prone ties between India and Pakistan. One, contrary to what was speculated, the decision to drop by in Lahore was taken at the spur of the moment by Prime Minister Narendra… Read more »
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 »
The end was as duplicitous as the beginning. When General Yahya Khan ordered his air force to strike India on the western front on 3 December 1971, he was only repeating history. He was taking whole leaves out of the books written earlier by Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Field Marshal Ayub Khan. In autumn 1947,… Read more »
Neither Musharraf nor any other Pakistani ruler has ever apologised for their atrocities committed against Bengalis.
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 »