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Singh’s Sufi song

Singh’s Sufi song

A chat with Dr Madan Gopal Singh, an intellectual and poet turned mystic singer By Zaman Khan To admit my ignorance at the outset, I had never heard the name of the group Chaar Yaar, particularly of...
“If you want to read Manto, you will find him”

“If you want to read Manto, you will find him”

Eminent historian Ayesha Jalal at the Kolkata Literary Meet Kalam talks about the relevance of Manto to India and Pakistan At the Kolkata Literary Meet known as ‘Kalam’, I attended an...
Aman ki Asha and the bad times in Indo-Pak relations

Aman ki Asha and the bad times in Indo-Pak relations

People-to-people contacts are necessary to keep the ball rolling but what is really needed is top level interventions, like the Aman ki Asha strategic seminar series and economic conferences that...
A little bit of Pakistan in Kolkata

A little bit of Pakistan in Kolkata

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...
Pakistan, wait for me…

Pakistan, wait for me…

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...
A cross-border marriage, 25 years on

A cross-border marriage, 25 years on

We argued, we fought, like any other couple. But we made it, thanks to our conscious decision to not let cross-border politics derail our relationship Jaaney kya tuu ne kahi, jaane kya main ney suni,...
Forging ahead: Five years on

Forging ahead: Five years on

Re-visiting the first ever Aman ki Asha joint statement, January 1, 2010 On January 1, 2010, the Jang Group of Pakistan and The Times of India launched an unprecedented initiative for peace between...
India spontaneously with Pakistan

India spontaneously with Pakistan

By Ilmana Fasih When unimaginable tragedy struck Pakistan, there was an overwhelming response of empathy and love from around the world. The biggest outpouring of response came spontaneously...
Unofficial talks about official talks… and some mis-talks

Unofficial talks about official talks… and some mis-talks

A former Senator invited to participate as Adviser at the recent India-Pakistan Parliamentarians dialogue in India shares his observations, including the consensus on the indispensability of official...
The enemy within

The enemy within

Across South Asia we need to divert resources towards our real enemies and focus on providing a life of dignity to the underprivileged and the disadvantaged It was a regular Friday morning. I woke up...