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70 years on: The common man looks so similar

70 years on: The common man looks so similar

Aspirations for peace between India and Pakistan came to the fore at the Bengaluru Poetry Festival, with sessions featuring the legendary poet Gulzar and activists Saira Shah Halim and Ruchhita...
Rakshabandhan and walking with Nanak across borders. Virtually.

Rakshabandhan and walking with Nanak across borders. Virtually.

Musings on an online discussion with author Haroon Khalid on Rakshabandhan Day Visualising India and Pakistan as sibling nations, volunteers of the ongoing campaign Peace Now and Forever organised an...
Let them come home

Let them come home

Every Independence Day, we are told stories of horror and terror, of how friend turned on friend and how neighbour slaughtered neighbour. We hear stories of loss, of how people fled just steps ahead...
70 years on: Make the borders porous

70 years on: Make the borders porous

This August we look back 70 years of the Partition of India — essentially the vivisection of Punjab and Bengal. Bengal of course had been partitioned earlier, while the prosperous and thriving...
Coming up to 70 years… Singing for peace

Coming up to 70 years… Singing for peace

What an incredible outpouring of love and respect for each other as Independence Day comes up for Pakistanis and Indians. One of the most moving expressions of these aspirations for peace between the...
India, Pakistan, women, borders. #FeministsUndivided

India, Pakistan, women, borders. #FeministsUndivided

70 years after Independence and Partition, a new generation of Indian and Pakistani women uses the digital age to subvert borders and build on earlier struggles Two young women, a Pakistani and an...
India/Pakistan upcoming peace events August 3-9, 2017

India/Pakistan upcoming peace events August 3-9, 2017

As Pakistan and India commemorate 70 years of their existence as independent nation states, what is striking is the people’s desire for peace and how those who govern them continue to thwart these...
Art for Peace in Hyderabad

Art for Peace in Hyderabad

PEACE NOW AND FOREVER CAMPAIGN BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN 1 JULY-15 AUGUST 2017 As Pakistan and India commemorate 70 years of their existence as independent nation states, it is striking how people...
Pakistan and India must return to the negotiating table, without further ado and preconditions

Pakistan and India must return to the negotiating table, without further ado and preconditions

I am leaving New Delhi shortly, after completing my tenure. I regret our two countries could not commence the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue as agreed in December 2015. Be that as it may, i for one...
“Talks might not produce immediate results, but engagement is necessary” — Abdul Basit

“Talks might not produce immediate results, but engagement is necessary” — Abdul Basit

Prominent journalists, activists participate in a farewell event for the outgoing Pakistan ambassador to India “If we can look at bilateral ties rationally rather than emotionally, the need to...