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Gandhi’s Last Message

Gandhi’s Last Message Gandhi . . . had wanted to avoid the country’s partition. Failing in that, he engaged himself in preventing the division of hearts, emphasising that even as the country had been divided, the hearts must not be divided. Also knowing that if the hearts had not been divided, the country could never…

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Obituary: Viqar Ahmad

Obituary: Viqar Ahmad Letters to Editor Viqar Ahmad, the most outstanding broadcaster and an authoritative voice of the BBC Urdu Service for many decades, passed away on 13 March, 2019, after a prolonged illness in a London hospital. He was 90. Viqar Ahmad was born in Sitapur in Awadh in 1929 in undivided India to…

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Aurat March Still Faces Never-Ending Backlash and Threats of Violence in Pakistan

Aurat March Still Faces Never-Ending Backlash and Threats of Violence in Pakistan Aurat March 2019 was held on March 8 as part of International Women’s Day celebrations in different cities including Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi, Hyderabad and Larkana.  People from diverse backgrounds came out on the roads in large numbers to express solidarity with…

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Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind

Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind The modern industrial civilisation has witnessed two World Wars. The researchers of war have yet not been able to estimate the magnitude of casualties/deaths—both military and civilian—which occurred in these two World Wars. The estimated figure of people killed in both World Wars is between 10 to 15 crores….

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‘NO to War’: Appeal to Maintain Peace

‘NO to War’: Appeal to Maintain Peace Resolution Passed in the ‘Save Democracy, Save the Nation’ Conference of ‘Cititzens For Democracy’ on March 3, 2019 in New Delhi.     ‘Citizens For Democracy’, set up by Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan in 1974, views with grave concern the  recent growing tension between India and Pakistan and the…

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Wars Never Produce Answers

Wars Never Produce Answers Laxminarayan Ramdas, a retired admiral of the Indian Navy, served as the chief of naval staff between 1990 and 1993. Over a phone conversation with Surabhi Kanga, the web editor at ‘The Caravan’, Ramdas discussed India’s response to the militant attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Pulwama, in…

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Pulwama: A Wake Up Call for Peace in the Region

Pulwama: A Wake Up Call for Peace in the Region The suicidal terrorist, Adil Ahmad Dar, rammed his explosive laden car into two trucks of a CRPF convoy on 14 February 2019. The blast led to the brutal murder of 44 jawans, a big national tragedy, most heinous and condemnable. In terms of scale and…

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War Mongering Must Give Way to Trust, Peace and Friendship

War Mongering Must Give Way to Trust, Peace and Friendship I went to participate in a candle light homage paying event at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s statue organised by about 200 Dalit students on Hazratganj main crossing in Lucknow on 16 February 2019 evening, two days after the dastardly terrorist act in Pulwana, Jammu and Kashmir,…

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Imran Khan and Minorities in Pakistan and India

Imran Khan and Minorities in Pakistan and India Imran Khan, the Prime Minster of Pakistan, seems to be unaware of the trajectory of state of minorities in Pakistan. While addressing a ceremony, Khan stated that his government would ensure that minorities in Pakistan get equal status and rights. Good intentions! At the same time he…

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Turned Out You Were Just Like Us

Turned Out You Were Just Like Us (Pakistani poet, human-rights activist and feminist, Fahmida Riaz, passed away at the age of 72 on November 22, 2018. We are publishing below the English translation of one of her oft-quoted nazms, “Tum bilkul hum jaise nikle”.)   So it turned out you were just like us! Where…