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A Conversation with Sana Munir, author of ‘Unfettered Wings’

By Puja Roy
I intended to show a holistic picture of Pakistan to the Indian readers, and also remind Pakistani readers that humble environs of the desert of Baluchistan, the mountains of the Hazara belt, the sandy terrain of Waziristan and the dingy neighbourhoods of the urban cities, too had stories that were waiting to be told and read.

Causes and consequences of the self-perpetuated exclusion of Ahmadis from Pakistan politics

By Rameez Raja
As a religious community, Ahmadis should have participated in the political affairs in Pakistan. Both Zafrulla Khan and Dr. Abdus Salam were involved in the civilian affairs in the Pakistani government but they did not have any interest to form a political party in Pakistan. Albeit a minority in Pakistan, they might have supported such a political party to safeguard their rights.

Blasphemy: Pakistan’s struggle for Decoloniality

By Adil Bhat
While the acquittal of Asia Bibi is a reason to rejoice, the bigger victory lies in the reconstitution of oppressive colonial structures and the eventual repealing of the blasphemy law. Clearly, a colonial inheritance, blasphemy in Pakistan is equally Islamised. Asia Bibi’s case is a window to the clash within – between the liberals and the zealots.

The Future of Ahmadis in ‘Naya’ Pakistan

By Rameez Raja
The AMC denounces an armed Jihad which most of the Islamists believe in. The founder of the AMC, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad primarily believed in ‘Jihad by pen’ and urged his followers to use the medium of pen in order to spread Ahmadiyyat peacefully all over the world.

India and Pakistan pick Kashmir for bloodbath

By Rameez Raja
Since the partition of India, Kashmir remained an unfortunate battleground for both states to express their anger against each other. Regrettably, it is only Kashmiri people, who have remained the victim of human rights violations between the two belligerent states.

Papiya Ghosh’s Writings on Bihari Muslims

By Raziuddin Aquil
Unlike Papiya Ghosh, no other historian of Islam and Muslims in the Hindu majority province of Bihar and its adjoining areas, including parts of eastern UP, has been able to come up with a more synthetic account of the murky history of the community, with all its social stratifications and religious diversities (ashraf/arzal, Shia/Sunni, etc.). 

Who is safe in Pakistan today?

By Hira Hashmi
Mashal’s killing is a direct result of the institutionalization of the blasphemy law by the state machinery to single out opponents and critics. A remnant of the General Zia-ul-Haq era, the blasphemy law was crafted to cater to the hardliners, who raised voices of dissent and who didn’t approve of the military rule in the country.

Parallels between Indian and Palestinian Partition

By Inamul Haq
In comparing and assessing partitions of British India and Palestine, one can see that different identities saw an opportunity for their national visions to materialize and all clusters used violence (communal) in defending their visions against the counterparts. The study has relevance for the modern period, because there is no stability in Palestine/Israel and India/Pakistan.

Kashmir Conflict in Contemporary India

By Inamul Haque
Those who are aware of Kashmir history would know that violence in the Kashmir valley has increased a lot since 1989. As Hanna Ardent had perceptively argued, violence becomes a tool and technique of social control among the modern nation states.

Nuclear Programme as Second Rate Science: The Case of India-Pakistan

By Rameez Raja
The animosity and bigotry against each other has prompted these countries to channelize their resources into wrong directions, particularly manufacturing of nukes in the name of ‘National Security’. Nuclear science was perceived by both states as the only way to convince their large populations about their achievements in the scientific world. But the majority of people in these countries happen to live below the poverty line.

Uri Attack: No Country for “Peaceniks”

By Avanti Chhatre
How does a perceptive individual from India, or even Pakistan, respond during such volatile times? By reflecting, thinking, and ultimately forming (and voicing) an informed opinion that supports the common good and humanity at large? Or by getting angrier by the day, creating hysteria, demonising the Pakistani people, and aggressively silencing those who may beg to differ with this strategy?