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R.I.P. Sabeen Mahmud. You blazed a trail and passed the spark on to us

R.I.P. Sabeen Mahmud. You blazed a trail and passed the spark on to us

A tribute to Sabeen Mahmud from India, where many have responded with grief to the murder of the Pakistani activist and entrepreneur in Karachi last Friday Late last Friday night, I was talking on...
Satyamev Jayate: A tool for peace?

Satyamev Jayate: A tool for peace?

Viewers on both sides of the border urge Bollywood star Aamir Khan to explore India- Pakistan Peace on his hit show It has been called India’s equivalent to the Oprah Winfrey show. Now in its...
A prayer for Karachi

A prayer for Karachi

Pampered with hospitality, I felt quite at home in Mumbai’s twin city On a warm Friday afternoon in Mumbai, I gaze at the wet ajrak hanging from my clothesline. I am fascinated by the play of red...
Crossing over

Crossing over

Nothing quite prepares you for the experience of simply walking across Pakistan into India and vice versa… Nine years. It had been nine years since I crossed the notorious and often...
Pakistan welcomes Sikh pilgrims for Besakhi festival

Pakistan welcomes Sikh pilgrims for Besakhi festival

Hundreds of Sikh pilgrims arrive to a warm welcome in Pakistan as they embark on a ten-day pilgrimage to their holiest sites located in the country Nearly 2,000 Sikh pilgrims arrived in Pakistan from...
India, Pakistan, cooperate to rescue each other’s citizens from Yemen

India, Pakistan, cooperate to rescue each other’s citizens from Yemen

India has appreciated Pakistan’s “generous gesture” of rescuing eleven Indian citizens from Yemen, flown to India on a special Pakistan Air Force aircraft India has appreciated...
Expanding my heart

Expanding my heart

An educator, story teller and peace-builder from Mumbai finds solace for his soul over four cross-border trips to the ‘enemy’ country By Chintan Girish Modi Yeh tau ghar hai prem ka,...
Remembering Barbara Alter: A lady of substance

Remembering Barbara Alter: A lady of substance

A ‘not really Indian’ remembers the extraordinary Barbara Alter, a true humanist who loved Urdu and lived most of her life in Mussoorie By Siraj Khan “Suniye…..aap India se hein...
Nine days with enemies x/friends x/family members

Nine days with enemies x/friends x/family members

A frequent visitor to Pakistan, Indian businessman Parmod Pahwa recounts the story of his friend Surjit Anand who made a cross-border visit for the first time My friend Surjit Anand has long been...
Jaipur’s Ujjagar theatre group headed to Karachi

Jaipur’s Ujjagar theatre group headed to Karachi

By Richa Shukla Members of the 25-member theatre group, Ujjagar Dramatic Association of India, are excited to leave for Pakistan on April 2 to participate in the ongoing International Theatre...