How India, Pakistan exchanging smog as confidence-building measure

Who hasn’t heard that old cliché about how Indians and Pakistanis have so much in common – food, language, music. Drive down from Lahore to Amritsar and the transition is seamless – yes there are more women visible on our side, but the people look the same; even the fields are the same, just replace the mosques with the gurudwaras.

Sharifs getting back together to save party from scattering

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was deposed in September 2017 by the Supreme Court for not being a good Muslim under Article 63 of the constitution

India needs to enhance its quasi diplomatic outreach to counter Pakistan:Ex-GOC Hasnain

Recently Pakistan was embarrassed in the UN General Assembly by its Permanent Representative’s gaffe, when she waved the photograph of a Palestinian girl injured in an Israeli raid and tried to pass it off as a Kashmiri victim of alleged Indian atrocities. 

Pakistan’s three-time PM is set for a long exile

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, after much murky controversy, got rid of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in July saying he was not “sadiq” and “ameen” — two qualities of the Holy Prophet PBUH spelled out in the constitution as a legacy of the islamising General Zia ul Haq and his decade of military rule. Sharif went home chanting, “why was I thrown out?”

Indian economy is on a downward spiral, is poised for a hard landing: BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

I shall be failing in my national duty if I did not speak up even now against the mess the finance minister has made of the economy. 

Shobhaa De unmasked Arnab Goswami

Never thought a day would come when the nation would pity  Arnab Goswami, and actually feel sorry for the man! But thanks to Rajdeep sardesai and his tweets calling out a former colleague for fabricating a dramatic narrative going back to the Gujarat roits in 2002, it has become official — Arnab, the self-styled emperor of prime-time, has no clothes.

In Pakistan, gender inequality grows as nation hurtles to a male-centric dystopia

Jyoti Malhotra writing in Pakistani daily The News in 2016 told us how the Shah Bano case in India in 1985 had highlighted the plight of a Muslim wife given “three talaqs” and driven out of her home by her husband. 

To protect dissent is state responsibility

One critical test to adjudge the claim of any country of being democratic is its tolerance of dissent and the protection afforded to the dissenter. 

Gauri Lakesh killing: a new grammar for new India, shut up or be prepared to be simply silenced

Prehaps we will never know who killed Gauri Lankesh, but maybe we can make a reasonable guess as to why she was killed.

It is not women who get raped; it is men who rape

The only way to stop rapes is by not obstructing the agency of women. Let us get this straight: It is not women who get raped; it is men who rape.

Writers' experiences of Partition is unlike the narratives focused on Jinnah, Nehru & the Mountbattens

As India and Pakistan begin celebrating the 70th anniversary of their Independence as nation-states, it is worthwhile recalling the internationalist ideas that also exercised great influence in that moment.

Triple talaq practise common in areas where fundamentalist organisations are strong

Triple talaq has become the media’s favourite subject. On the one hand, it is projected as the most important issue faced by Muslim women, and on the other, we have bodies such as the Muslim Personal Law Board refusing to acknowledge its existence in the country. 

Private jihad has shifted 'monopoly of violence' from state to non-state actor

Since Pakistan took an all-party consensual action against terrorism under the National Action Plan (NAP) in 2015-16, incidents of extreme violence have come down from their peak in 2014-15. The army controls Balochistan where a kind of insurgency was ongoing; it was also called out in Karachi which was punch-drunk with street crime coalescing with terrorism.

To bind a person to a jeep and parade constitutes grave breach of Geneva Convention

The horrific attack on the Amarnath yatra earlier this week has rightly stunned both Jammu & Kashmir as well as the entire country. But on the same day, July 10, 2017, Justice Bilal Nazki, Chairperson of the Jammu & Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) delivered a reasoned order relating to the case of Mr Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as a human shield

From Romeos to Gau Rakshaks, violence a normal act

Three years after he became Prime Minister, Modi made his second statement against the vigilante violence unleashed by cow hoodlums in different parts of the coun try.