A little bit of Pakistan in Kolkata
Saira Shah Halim, Mohammed Hanif and Ruchhita Kazaria: after the book signing
Come January, the city's literary festivals provide us the opportunity to meet some scintillating minds from Pakistan

By Ruchhita Kazaria

Come January and my heart begins to sing. That is when Kolkata puts on its thinking cap and throws open its doors to the intelligentsia. It's time for the literary festivals that have become an integral part of the city's cultural landscape.

The Kolkata Literary Festival (Kalam) and the Apeejay Kolkata Li ..... more

BriefS Marvi Sirmed and Khushal Khattak: let people meet Indo Pak calendar Islamabad launch
Youth groups from India and Pakistan have jointly launched a 'Calendar for Peace and Love' for the third consecutive year featuring selected paintings by Indian and Pakistan students.

"The calendar is a collection of .....more

Pakistan travels-3 A last minute gift, Katasraj and Khewra
A retired banker in Haryana reminisces about a 2006 visit to his birthplace across the border

By Yash Pal Sethi

On our last evening in Rawalpindi, strolling in the local market, I asked our host Ahm .....more

Build on goodwill, not hate A student in Chennai prays for those killed in Peshawar. Schools across India held a two-minute silence on Wednesday. Photo: R. Senthil Kumar/ PTI In the wake of escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan, people on both sides of the border continue to express solidarity through peace initiatives

In an unprecedented and heart-warming gesture from India to Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister .....more

Pakistan, wait for me... A temple at Dholavira: Pakistan is barely 48 km from this historic site. Photos by the writer. An Aman ki Asha traveller from Kolkata chances upon the road to the country she dreams of visiting

By Ruchhita Kazaria

Fascinated by the 'travel to Rann of Kutch' adverts flooding my email inbox, I decided to take the plunge and head to where .....more

Pakistan travels-2 Ghosts of the past

Visiting Murree after so many decades I found it had lost its past luster. Even so I felt that I was still 'its child'...

By Yash Pal Sethi

After visiting my ancestral home in Rawalpindi, we went to Bohar Mohalla vi .....more

Briefs Cross-border firing: Villagers on both sides are affected. File photo text Stop ceasefire violations, urge youth

An Indo-Pak youth group has initiated a signature campaign urging the governments of both countries to end ceasefire violations and initiate peace talks.Aaghaz-e-Dosti (Start of Friendship), started by The Cata .....more

Joint statement by Editors of Jang Group & Times of India

Peace between India and Pakistan has been stubbornly elusive and yet tantalizingly inevitable. This vast subcontinent senses the bounties a peace dividend can deliver to its people yet it recoils from claiming a share. The natural impulse would be to break out of the straitjacket of stated positions and embrace an ideal that promises sustained prosperity to the region, yet there is hesitation. There is a collective paralysis of the will, induced by the trauma of birth, amplified by false starts, mistrust, periodic outbreaks of violence, suspicion, misplaced jingoism and diplomatic doublespeak. Hypnotized by their own mantra, the two states are reluctant to move towards normalization until certain terms and certain promises are kept.



The world has seen worse cases of animosity

Thursday, July 12, 2012
by Ammar Shahbazi
Cultural and linguistic bonds of a civilization are stronger than its religious bonds, says professor Naeem ur Rehman Farooqi, former Pro Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University. "So the connection between India and Pakistan is inherent and intrinsic, something that no political and military power can ever erode" In an interview with Aman Ki Asha, he said that the history of a civilisation cann


Special Edition

55_7-03-2011_1.jpgThe News on Sunday Special Report: India Pakistan prisoners
We probably didn't need to do this Special Report. Newspaper stories don't matter when it comes to Indians in Pakistani jails and vice versa. In fact, 'vice versa' sums it up. We do to them what they do to us.

Except when the two countries decide to begin talking, yet again! This time a little before the foreign secretary level talks, some Pakistani prisoners were released by India (and vice versa must have happened) and some more were released after the talks. ....read more

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