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29 October, 2015

Indo-Pak Relations: Does ‘Means’ Lead To The ‘End’ or Is It The Other Way Around?
By Imran Khan

Both the countries are nuclear powers and the ever increasing rivalry can have serious consequences for the common people of entire region. Not only is Kashmir a nuclear flash point between India and Pakistan but it is also the source of arms race between the two countries

25 October, 2015

#ProfileForPeace: A Unique Campaign To Promote
Love And Peace Between India And Pakistan

By Countercurrents.org

While hate spewing politicians are trying to drum up venomous hatred between people of India and Pakistan, an online campaign is trying to bring some sanity to the situation and promote love and peace between people of two nations. #ProfileForPeace campaign initiated by 36-year-old Bandra, Mumbai -based Ram Subramanian has captured the imagination of ordinary netizens of two countries and gone viral. Thousands of Indians and Pakistanis and diaspora citizens from around the world are changing their profile pictures to one with a little love note scribble that says where they are from, that they don't hate each other, and are only being divided by hate politics

06 December, 2014

We The “Peaceniks” Will Always Prefer Talks Over War With Pakistan
By Devika Mittal

When the peaceniks advocate for dialogue, they are not defending Pakistan. They are defending talks. They are defending meaningful and fruitful talks. It is important that talks should happen, with an agenda and after the talks, the full report should be made public. Both narratives should be presented. If the talks are not being meaningful, the solution is not to disrupt talks but to make them meaningful. Disruption of talks will not lead us to peace. We need to work to end this conflict, not to sustain it. We don’t want war with Pakistan not because we love Pakistan but because we love India. Talking about peace is not an easy thing. Talking about war is easy and ofcourse, profitable!

26 June, 2014

Innovation In Indian Television: Connecting Lives Across The Border
By Ravi Nitesh

An Indian television group has launched a new television channel. The specialty of this channel is that it caters Indian audience with Pakistani content. This channel is presenting handpicked stories from Pakistani writers. These stories revolve around the everyday life of people in Pakistan

22 April, 2014

India And Pakistan: A Road To Peace
By Dr. Arshad M. Khan

Imagine a prosperous subcontinent freed from the fear of war and nuclear apocalypse, on its way to joining the First World. It is a vision worth fighting for and high time a worthy people rid themselves of their painful legacy of colonialism

19 April, 2014

Celebrating Pakistan Day In India
By Devika Mittal

Every year, the National day of Pakistan that falls on 23rd March is celebrated in New Delhi. The National day of Pakistan commemorates the Lahore resolution of 1940 that had called for the establishment of an independent state for Muslims and the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan. Every year, Pakistan and the Pakistan High Commissions in other countries celebrate this day. Our Indo-Pak friendship initiative named Aaghaz-e-Dosti was fortunate to be invited for the celebration this year

03 April, 2014

Letter To The Representatives Of Political Parties
In India By Aaghaz-e-Dosti

By Aliya Harir

Regardless of believers in Allah, Ishwar, and God or in none, we are all human beings who are also entitled to a just and dignified life, a promise of the state. It is high time that we should put an end to racism. It is time to find effective solutions to strengthening Indo-Pak ties. It is time to end our indifferences and forge a ‘we are same’ conversation about our mutual development and unity

27 February, 2014

Pakistan And India: Looking Beyond
The Obvious Horizon To Future-Making

By Mahboob A. Khawaja

If there are any two nations with enriched common interests overriding the gruesome perpetuated animosity cluster that is Pakistan and India - the outgrowth of British imperialism? What went wrong with these poverty stricken emerging nations that they could not cleansed glued hatred of the past and fear of the unknown future? The problem rests with breaking the past and opening up new avenues for creative manifestation and encouraging people of new and educated generations on both sides to assume leadership with new imagination and vision for a conducive and sustainable future

26 February, 2014

India-Pakistan: Move From Cosmetic To Credible
Nuclear Confidence Building Measures

By Ali Ahmed

Both states must go beyond the desultory nuclear confidence building talks to discuss the doctrinal interaction and its consequences at the round of periodic talks. The aim in these must be to ensure credible Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures such as a jointly manned nuclear risk reduction centre, perhaps located outside the region or in a third country within South Asia. Since the two states are unlikely to do this on their own, believing that doing so will indicate a concern with the state of health of their deterrent, the impulse for this will have to emerge from civil society, and as mentioned, in times of ‘peace’

20 December, 2013

Launch Of Indo-Pak Calendar And Discussion On Indo-Pak Friendship
By Mission Bhartiyam

At India International Centre, New Delhi on 21st December 2013, 2 to 5 PM

05 September, 2013

India And Pakistan: NJ 9842 And Beyond
By Ravi Nitesh

Whosoever was responsible for this, the name doesn’t matter anymore. What matters are the lives of the soldiers. Think about the thousands of families who pride that their sons are defending the ‘land’ of their country, a land that is not fit to live, even for vegetation, a land that was not important till 37 years of separation (of Indian and Pakistan in 1947) and became important some 29 years ago (in the year 1984), a land that takes and will continue to take hundreds of sons every year without any declared war

13 August, 2013

Same Nations, Same Challenges: 66 Years of Indo-Pak Independence
By Ravi Nitesh

After these 66 years, both the government must have a grand celebration in their countries, as well as some grand strategies for each other towards a better future, a future of love, trust and harmony, a future of people’s desire. We must now work for years of being together

09 January, 2013

Want Peace? Talk To Your Enemy!
By Asad Wahab

How can India and Pakistan find real peace?

16 August, 2012

India And Pakistan: Communal Violence And Peace
By Pritam K. Rohila, Ph.D.

A proposal for peace communal harmony in India And Pakistan

14 August, 2012

Celebrating With The People Of Pakistan
By N. Jayaram

India and Pakistan has so much common heritage. N. Jayaram calls for a common celebration of Independence day of both countries

09 August, 2012

India-Pakistan: Visa For Trust And Friendship
By Devika Mittal

Can you imagine the situation where we can meet a stranger who looks very different from us, speaks a different language and has different beliefs and values easily but can’t meet our own brother? Or when we are allowed to travel thousands of kilometers without much hassle but to travel mere 50 kms, we have to give a thousand reasons, documents of all kinds and wait endlessly but without any assurance of success? Such is the relationship between India and Pakistan.

29 July, 2012

Play With Thy Neighbour: Indo-Pak Cricket Series
By Ram Puniyani

Surely to begin with both the countries not only need to restore the cricket but also take the steps in improving ties in the area of trade, health and education. There is also a dire need to loosen the tightness of VISA regime, which is stifling the bilateral visits of civilians

07 July, 2012

Beyond The Borders
By Devika Mittal

An average Indian and a Pakistani have the same secret desire to cross the border, atleast once. They want to see what people eat, how they talk, how they look and how they think on the “other” side. And if it is to be believed what those lucky people who have visited says, they will be highly ‘disappointed’ because it is just the same there. We share a common history, a common language, a common culture and even a common desire. This desire is found in the talks of average Indians and Pakistanis

03 February, 2011

India And Pakistan: 63 Years Later
By Dr. Arshad M. Khan

It is now 63 years since Independence, so what have these countries achieved aside from destructive wars within and against each other and a standard of living that is by any measure about the worst in the world with the exception of certain blighted regions of Africa

27 May, 2010

India-Pakistan: Reducing Trust deficit
By Rahil Yasin

In the Indo-Pak context, CBMs (confidence building measures) can only come about when concrete moves forward are made in the most contentious areas. Trust is the foundation of any long-lasting relationship. It demands establishing peace on such solid foundations that no one dares to damage it. For this, leniency has to be shown from the both sides. Elimination of trust deficit is vital for the peace and prosperity of the two people. The earlier it is done, the better

12 May, 2010

New Talks, Old Fears
By Dr Maleeha Lodhi

Many Pakistani officials fear that a graduated step-by-step approach may provide Delhi the means to use each stage of that process as a lever to press Islamabad on Delhi's demands. Indian papers have quoted their officials to say that the dialogue will be focused on "confidence-building measures relating to terrorism." From this perspective, building trust could mean that the contours of future engagement will be determined by actions Islamabad takes to satisfy Delhi

05 April, 2010

War or Peace on The Indus?
By John Briscoe

I have deep affection for the people of both India and Pakistan, and am dismayed by what I see as a looming train wreck on the Indus, with disastrous consequences for both countries. I will outline why there is no objective conflict of interests between the countries over the waters of the Indus Basin, make some observations of the need for a change in public discourse, and suggest how the drivers of the train can put on the brakes before it is too late

23 February, 2010

Indo-Pak Peace Talks And Taliban Provocations
By Ram Puniyani

Today to talk of Jizya is a political abuse of worst order; those using this language need to be restrained in the democratic society. The million rupee question remains, will civilian rule prevail over the fissiparous forces operating within Pakistan. Indian Government must take up the issue of protection of minorities in Pakistan without any compromise

22 February, 2010

India And Pakistan Talk Again
By Dr Shabir Choudhry

They are once again around the table and this is good. But question is are they meeting because they want to resolve all the outstanding issues or they have internal and external pressure to sit down, even if that means sitting for the sake of it

21 February, 2010

Aman ki Asha - People To people To people
By Ather Naqvi

The upcoming talks between foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan in New Delhi have once again raised hopes of these war-hating people of the two countries. Most Pakistanis and Indians see no reason why the two countries cannot leave their bitter past behind and live in a conflict-free region where economic prosperity is a priority

15 December, 2009

Can India And Pakistan Fight Terror Together?
By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Let me make an apparently outrageous proposition: in the coming years, India's best protection is likely to come from its traditional enemy, the Pakistan Army. Therefore, India ought to now help, not fight, against it

14 December, 2009

Is Pakistan A Failed State?
By Dr Shabir Choudhry

If one examines situation of Pakistan impartially then one reaches the conclusion that most of the criteria for a failed state are clearly visible in Pakistani society today. I leave it to the judgement and wisdom of the readers to decide if Pakistan is a ‘failed state’, ‘successful state’, a ‘fort of Islam’ or a state struggling for its survival. However one thing is clear that Mohammed Ali Jinnah did not dream this kind of Pakistan

12 December, 2009

Hindus And Sikhs In NWFP Threatened By
The Taliban And Sharia

By Salman Mehdi

Members of minority groups must either pay ‘jizya’ for protection or leave. All women, even the elderly, cannot go out alone and have to wear a burqa. Men must wear a beard and a head cap. Hundreds of Sikh and Hindu families have already emigrated

An Indigenous Change In The Offing In Pakistan
By Gul Jammas Hussain

Anytime there is a shift of power in Pakistan, it is widely believed that the U.S. is behind the scenes, which in fact, has been quite true in the past, but this time the situation is different. Zardari is likely to emerge as a mere ceremonial president, like the one in India. This current transition is due to gradually increasing pressure from the people of Pakistan themselves and not as a result of overseas Machiavellian machinations

23 June, 2008

A Journey Interrupted:
Being Indian In Pakistan

By Murtaza Shibli

In ‘A Journey Interrupted’, Farzana Versey weaves a collage of her experiences that she acquired during her four visits to Pakistan in six years; a journey of exploration with continuous negotiations and constant reconciliation with her own identity of an Indian Muslim woman

22 August, 2007

Pakistan Under Siege
By Zia Mian

Military rule and puppet politicians have brought Pakistan to its present dreadful state. Rather than keeping Musharraf in power, the world must demand that Pakistan’s army yield control over government and economy once and for all. Only a freely elected and representative government that can actually make decisions can pursue economic development as if people mattered, confront the Islamists, and make peace with India

13 August, 2007

Need For An Uncensored History From 1857 To 1947
By Jawed Naqvi

The 60th year of our independence is as good an occasion as any to take stock of our mistakes and dream about a better future

09 August, 2007

Sixty Years Of Fake Freedom: The South Asian Story
By Partha Banerjee

Moreover, in sixty years of a fake freedom, we South Asians ourselves have been successful to raise an apolitical, apathetic generation wilfully ignorant of our own history and way of life -- political, economic and cultural.Thanks to the freedom 60 years ago, we are now completely colonized

04 July, 2007

India-Pakistan; Suspects In Each Others Eyes
By Syed Junaid Hashmi

"A joint mechanism on terror has been formed, bus service has been started, Rail services have become operational and people to people contacts have increased yet mistrust, suspicion, skepticism have become a part of such ceremonial meetings between India and Pakistan," said Senior leader of People's Democratic Party Nizamuddin Bhat. He added that these points could become points of emotional integration and help in strengthening the bond of love and liking between the people on the two sides

05 June, 2007

Pakistan Parliament Rejects
Changes In Blasphemy Laws

By Aftab Mughal

The National Assembly (NA), lower house of the parliament, crushed a bill on May 8, which was moved by a Parsi member MP Bhandara, seeking amendments to the controversial blasphemy laws

22 May, 2007

Chomsky On India-Pakistan Relations
By Michael Shank & Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On April 26, Michael Shank interviewed him about relations between India and Pakistan. This is the second part of a two-part interview

10 April, 2007

A Revolving Door For Democrats,
Dictators And Bankers

By Jawed Naqvi

Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed , "chief adviser" to the "caretaker government" of Bangladesh is a banker with experience of working in various capacities at the World Bank. Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz too is a banker, his last outing being with New York-based Citicorp. Both are backed by the military in their countries. And who can deny the revolving door that links the Indian Prime Minister's Office (the all powerful PMO) to the World Bank

27 March, 2007

Time For Musharraf To Go!
By Usman Khalid

The Armed Forces and the Judiciary are the two institutions where performance and conduct of their members are judged by their peers. After a dumb start, the Chief Justice of Pakistan is being judged by his peers. But Musharraf has resisted the judgment of his peers. They have been telling him privately at first and publicly now that it is time for him to go. That way his legacy, the good name, and public confidence in the armed forces can be saved

22 March, 2007

Why Musharraf Stays
By Pervez Hoodbhoy

How does he do it? The answer lies in a finely honed strategy, perfected over years, that juggles US demands and the interests of local intelligence chiefs, mullahs, tribal leaders, venal politicians, and a host of fortune seekers. Webs of intrigue and murky players obscure details, but the priorities are unmistakeable

20 March, 2007

Protests Mount Against Musharraf Attempt
To Sack Pakistan’s Chief Justice

By Vilani Peiris & Keith Jones

Islamabad and other Pakistani cities have seen violent confrontations in recent days between security forces and lawyers, opposition political activists, and ordinary Pakistanis opposing the attempt of the country’s US-backed military strongman, General Pervez Musharraf, to fire the head of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry

19 March, 2007

Musharraf: Beginning Of The End
By Brig (R) Usman Khalid

Musharraf is a person who has never needed to make sense when he talks. So, he talks, and talks but never reflects or listens. The people are tired of him and desperately want to see the back of him. But he talks and talks and cannot see the writing on the wall

17 March, 2007

Pakistan's President At His Dictatorial Worst
By Tarek Fatah

The chief justice had been seen by the military regime as a direct threat to the implementation of their economic, political and social agenda. He was removed because he stopped the privatization of Pakistan Steel Mills and was an obstacle in the American neo-liberal agenda for the region

14 March, 2007

For Signs Of Peace,Look Out For Vultures
By Jawed Naqvi

The opening line of the scarcely noticed press release issued after a second meeting of the India-Pakistan Joint Commission in New Delhi on February 21 said: The working group on environment has discussed the decline in vulture population.The news was extremely comforting. It was deeply reassuring that the two countries that had on several occasions threatened to annihilate each others human population were expressing a shared concern for the survival of a raptor bird

27 February, 2007

Terrorism And The Quest For A Colour Blind Cat
By Jawed Naqvi

The quest for a colour blind cat would be essentially incomplete if Pakistan doesn't heed its own call to pursue mice of all hues. In that case, there is this pending issue of terror camps which even the most neutral observers say do exist in the territory under Pakistan's control. It must now quickly unleash the cat there to make the March 6 meeting purposeful

18 January, 2007

Discrimination Continues
By Aftab Mughal

During the year 2006, religious minorities faced discrimination and have little hope for change in the situation despite government’s promise for equal rights for everybody

08 January, 2007

Dissent Is Alive
Pakistan Diary: In Lahore Day 4
By Yoginder Sikand

'Dissent is alive in Pakistan and is bound to become louder. Do write about that when you get back', he insists

26 December, 2006

Pakistan Diary: Day 2–In Lahore
By Yoginder Sikand

An Indian travles through Pakistan

25 November, 2006

How Are The Minorities In Pakistan
By Amit Chakraborty

" Unhe Chiro Maat, Hindu Hai, Larr Padenge." – 'don't ridicule him, he is a Hindu, will start fighting'. Who said this? She is a lady teacher in an English medium school at Lahore, Pakistan. Let's not name the school or the teacher for obvious reasons

30 October, 2006

Engaging With Pakistan
By Warisha Farasat

Indians pride themselves on the vibrancy of civil society and democratic movements within the country. However, we fail to acknowledge the culture of resistance that has developed in neighboring Pakistan

27 October, 2006

Pakistan Diary: Part IV : Lahore: Day 1
Mall Road and a Mula Jat
By Yoginder Sikand

The pavement is blocked with milling crowds and with stalls selling all manner of trinkets and food. It's all so Delhi-like. I wonder why Delhi Punjabis, like my own folks, persist with the myth of a Lahore that probably never existed

18 October, 2006

Why Do We Criticize Our Nations?
By Sujai

India, which has been the champion of independence and freedom movements elsewhere, has now become the same aggressor it abhorred. It is slowly becoming exactly like its enemy. And we critics do not want that to happen

Pakistan Diary-Day 1
In Lahore: Of Nomadic Odhs And Parathas
By Yoginder Sikand

I think of how 'upper' caste prejudice, both Hindu and Muslim, must surely have at least something to do with the fact that probably not a single of the literally hundreds of books about the trauma of the Partition focuses on what the tragedy meant for the millions of Dalits on both sides of the border

12 October, 2006

Musharraf's Coup- Seven Years Later
By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Musharraf and his generals are determined to stay in power. They will protect the source of their power - the army. They will accommodate those they must - the Americans. They will pander to the mullahs. They will crush those who threaten their power and privilege, and ignore the rest. No price is too high for them. They are the reason Pakistan fails

11 October, 2006

My Starving Friend
By Sarah Saba

One of my intellectual friends, who is a famous researcher, author of a number of books and numerous research articles, with years’ of committed and selfless struggle to bring about peace in the society is simply starving with his small family

Crossing The Border- Pakistan Dairy: 2
By Yoginder Sikand

The bus crosses the white lines drawn across the road and we slip under an archway into Pakistan. I think I might be hallucinating and that I might actually be fast asleep and dreaming in my room in the hostel where I live in Delhi. Tears stream down my cheeks and I let my emotions overwhelm me. For me, passing through the archway is like landing on the moon

04 October, 2006

A Trip To Pakistan - Part 1
Heading for the Border
By Yoginder Sikand

Yoginder Sikand works with the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi. He spent a month [December 2005- January 2006] in Pakistan, his first trip there. He is now writing about his trip. Countercurrents will be publishing it in weekly installments

03 October, 2006

Enlightened Musharraf And Bigoted Masses
By Rehman Faiz

Religious minorities are awfully discriminated in Pakistan and a wave of religious extremism is all embracing across the land that is evident by the repeated acts of violence, discrimination and extremism against the people belonging to religious minorities

Mumbai Bomb Blasts – Intelligence
And Counter-Intelligence

By Sarah Saba

In the era of a neo-globalisation with multiple actors on the stage to shaping up the future image of the global village, this becomes very important for the regional actors like India and Pakistan to immediately agree on an agenda of regional cooperation for progress, prosperity and better facilities for the people of the two nations

24 September, 2006

A Cliché From Nawab Din's Story
By Zafar Choudhary

After living a life for ten decades the centurions are normally expected to wait for the eternal journey, but in case of Nawab Din who has lived little more than that an aspiration is still coupled with a struggle. And interestingly his struggle has a loud message for the peaceniks and diplomatic mandarins of New Delhi and Islamabad

23 September, 2006

Lage Raho Musharaf And Manmohan
By Stanzin Dawa

Why not Mr. Musharaf (The President of Pakistan) and Mr. Manmohan (The Prime Minister of India)? Who knows while transforming Mr. Bush and Mr. Laden they also gets transformed to build a lasting friendship based on trust and altruism in larger interest of the entire humanity

28 August, 2006

Intellectual Discourse In Pakistan:
An Indian Visitor's Perspective

By Yoginder Sikand

'What both India and Pakistan desperately need', a Lahori friend told me while talking about the state of intellectual discourse in our part of the world, 'are organically rooted public intellectuals that articulate the lived realities and concerns of the masses. Only then can the radical transformations that we desire ever come about'

09 August, 2006

A Disastrous Model
By Praful Bidwai

Those advocating armed attacks on Pakistan in response to the Mumbai bombings wish to emulate Israel's aggression. That is the worst model India could follow

20 July, 2006

For Patriotism SMS At ....
By Sorit Gupto

Now it is the turn of the TV anchor. She is raising a question, whether India should follow the path of Israel and bombard the Terrorist training camp of PoK and other cities of Pakistan? According to the poll survey of the SMSs some ninety percent of viewers says 'yes'. We should follow the Israeli way!

17 July, 2006

Limit To Tolerance, But Options Are Limited Too
By Siddharth Varadarajan

Despite the Musharraf regime's equivocation on terrorism, India will gain nothing by allowing the authors of the Mumbai blasts to disrupt the peace process with Pakistan

20 February, 2006

Thaw In The Thar: New Train
Links India And Pakistan

By Yoginder Sikand

Cries of 'Long Live India-Pakistan Friendship' rend the air as the Thar Express streams out of the Jodhpur railway station on the evening of the 17th of February, heading for the Pakistan border

31 January, 2006

War Crimes And Human Rights Violations
In Balochistan

By Dr Wahid Baloch

On behalf of Baloch Society Of North America (BSO-NA) USA, I would like to bring your urgent attention to the deteriorating situation and gross human rights violations in Balochistan where Pakistani dictators have started the 5th military operation against the innocent Baloch people, using US gunship helicopters and F-16 jets, to crush theirpeaceful struggle against the occupation of their land and exploitation of their resources by Pakistan

For A Genuine South Asian Parliament
By Jawed Naqvi

Popular leftist icon Tariq Ali was speaking in Delhi this past week to audiences of slum-dwellers, academics, factory workers and communist leaders

26 January, 2006

The Other Side Of Pakistani Islam
By Yoginder Sikand

'This doctrinaire, ideological and exclusivist form of Islam has a certain appeal in some circles but it does not have mass acceptance and there is also much resistance to it from various quarters. Projecting Islam as completely distinct from other religions and equating Muslim culture with Arab culture goes completely against our cultural traditions and history'

21January, 2006

Winter Multiplies Quake Survivors' Woes
By Shaheen Chughtai

As survivors mark 100 days since the calamity, aid workers are warning that a second humanitarian disaster is looming. Plummeting temperatures have caused a rise in cold-related illnesses - especially among children and the elderly

Pakistan, Islam And Indian Media Stereotypes
By Yoginder Sikand

Contrary to Indian media representations, the average Pakistani is just about as religious or otherwise as the average Indian. The average Pakistani is certainly not the wild-eyed fanatic baying for non-Muslim blood or waging violent jihad to establish global Islamic hegemony that our media would have us believe

17 May, 2005

March For Peace
By Beena Sarwar

It is odd that thousands of Indians and Pakistanis can be allowed to roam on public roads and markets in each other's countries if they are ostensibly there to see a cricket match, but not if they are explicitly making the trip to promote the cause of peace

10 April, 2005

Crossing A Bridge Of Peace
By Ghazi Salahuddin

When 49 passengers of two buses crossed a bridge in Kashmir in both directions on Thursday, the world watched the spectacle with a great sense of relief. After all, what are bridges for if we do not keep crossing them?

04 April, 2005

Sleepwalking Towards Danger, F16s And All
By Praful Bidwai

The F-16 deal will give a fresh lease of life to the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Texas, which has reduced its workforce by 800 to 5,000 over the past year

31 March, 2005

The Bush Administration Initiates An Arms Race
By Amitabh Pal

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

Much Ado About F-16s
By Ahmad Faruqui

Who will gain from the sale of the F-16s? Clearly, Lockheed Martin that builds the plane in Texas. And, who will lose from it? The people of Pakistan, for whom the prospect of democracy has been pushed further off in the future. Millions will go hungry to bed and remain illiterate since their government thought it better to spend $60 million a copy on the F-16s

28 March, 2005

Weaponizing The Subcontinent
By Christopher Brauchli

United States decision to deliver 25 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan will only destroy the peace initiatives between India and Pakistan and once again push the two nations into an arms race from which USA will benefit economically

16 March, 2005

Fuelling The Arms Race
By Praful Bidwai

The rise in India's defence budget has evoked a hostile response from Pakistan. This could soon translate itself into acquisition of new weapons to blunt India's superiority and higher military spending. The likely second- and third-order responses spell a disastrous South Asian arms race, which will accelerate further as New Delhi and Islamabad acquire more nuclear weapons and missiles

09 March, 2005

The Good News From Islamabad
By Radha Kumar

After a depressing lull in the India-Pakistan talks, during which the two governments appeared to be stuck on niggling technical details, Foreign Ministers Singh and Kasuri have given us an enormous breakthrough

02 March, 2005

Country Visa, City Visa
By Beena Sarwar

Breakthroughs like the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service are important. But what's needed to really normalise relations between India and Pakistan is to make cross-border visits easier for each other

19 February, 2005

A Subcontinental Turning Point
By Praful Bidwai

India and Pakistan have agreed to laun a bus service between the two divided parts of Kashmir from April 7. The bus agreement raises hopes that able leaderships in both countries could help India-Pakistan relations soar sustainably to lofty heights

India Through Pakistani Eyes
By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Observations of a senior pakistani professor on Indian society

11 November, 2004

With Love, From India
By Syed Said Mahmood

"The moment your "Indian" identity is disclosed, you find oodles of people rushing up to you, wishing to talk to you, offering local assistance and wanting to load you with gifts" - Experiences of an Indian in Pakistan

05 November, 2004

The Great Divide
By Shazman Shariff

The issue of Indian-Pakistani couples facing difficulty in getting visas or acquiring nationality after getting married tops the list of problems faced by divided families

01 November, 2004

Propping Up Musharraf
By Ali Dayan Hasan

Musharraf has successfully convinced the United States - and other countries - that he is Pakistan's indispensable man. Claiming that only he can save what he destroyed - Pakistan's fragile democracy

22 August, 2004

What India, Pakistan Won't Talk About
By J. Sri Raman

Marked by polite smiles and prolonged handshakes, the process continues without making the least progress on the two life-and-death issues for the sub-continent's people- nuclear proliferation and Kashmir

11 August, 2004

The Balochistan Issue
By Rashed Rahman

The clash in Balochistan is between aggressive modernisation (backed by military force) and the Baloch people's demands for their rights. Force has not yielded good results in the past. It is unlikely to do so in future

03 April, 2004

Jehad And The Curriculum
By Beena Sarwar

Pakistan's so-called religious parties are up in arms at the rumour that references to Jehad are to be removed from Pakistani textbooks

23 March, 2004

Let A Lamp Be Lit, And Let's Write
A Poem For Friendship

By Harsh Mander

Experiences of an Indian social activist in Pakistan

22 March, 2004

Experiences Of An Indian In Pakistan
By Sai Nagesh

"Taxis, autos, army guys......the list is endless.......everywhere loads of courtesy, respect..... more than we would get in our own country !!!!!"An email from an India after his visit to Pakistan for the 1st one day match

12 March, 2004

Bombay, Personally
By Beena Sarwar

A pakistani jouranlists reminiscence of Bombay, on her visit to the city for the World Social Forum

11 March, 2004

The Cook, The Rice And
The Father Of Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb

By Beena Sarwar

Pakistan's laws regarding the freedom of information are much to be desired

11 February, 2004

Pakistan's Nuclear Inquiry Is A Sham
By Brahma Chellaney

Musharraf has once again demonstrated how he thrives in adversity. He has cut a deal that seeks to please all - the United States, which got the inquiry it wanted and the promise that there would be no further nuclear leaks

30 January, 2004

India And Pakistan To Pursue
“Composite Dialogue”

By Keith Jones

The governments of India and Pakistan announced Tuesday that they will “commence the process” of a “composite dialogue” by holding talks in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad for three days beginning February 16

16 January, 2004

On Train To Pakistan
By Sagarika Ghose

On train to Pakistan, red carpet is bundled in red tape and dumped on back seat

14 January, 2004

Debating Indo-Pak Relations
By Imtiaz Alam

More than Kashmir, Indo-Pak relations remained a hostage to the enmity generated by the partition. It is the liberation of Indo-Pak relation from the captivity of hostility that can create a soil of mutual confidence, that can help overcome historically rooted disputes in a process of reconciliation

02 January, 2004

Dictatorship Goes Constitutional
By Abid Ullah Jan

Pakistani President, General Pervez Musharraf, has won vast powers, including the authority to dismiss the elected government, after the Senate approved a set of sweeping constitutional amendments

30 December, 2003

Behind The India-Pak Ceasefire
By Keith Jones

The Bush administration, which has embraced Pakistan’s military regime as a key ally in its “war on terrorism” and has identified India as a potential strategic partner of the US, is a moving force behind the India -Pak ceasefire

29 November, 2003

Moving Towards Peace?
By Abbas Rashid

India and Pakistan are again on the peace track. Will this be a lasting one?

05 November, 2003

India and Pakistan- The Nuclear Option
By M. Asghar Khan

India and Pakistan are today the only two hostile nuclear powers with a common border. The warning time is less than one minute. A misreading of a warning of a nuclear attack could initiate a nuclear conflict by miscalculation

16 October, 2003

Bus To Delhi
By Dr Mubashir Hasan

Nothing exists in the world like Lahore-Delhi bus service. It is not an economic proposition but a political triumph of sorts. A personal account of the trip that the writer took from Lahore to Delhi

23 September, 2003

What's In A Flag?
By Sarmila Bose

Still, in a 'borderless world' full of resurgent militant
nationalism, narrow-minded little 'patriot acts' seem to be sprouting all over the place. Flags, emblems, colours, melodies; will they all be divided up and loaded with meanings in black and white, or will they be swept away by the cross-border currents of global citizenship?

12 September, 2003

Images That Promote Fear
By Kalpana Sharma

When you tell people in India or Pakistan that you are travelling across the border, the instant response is "be careful.Why do we have this perception about each other's countries, that they are not safe for ordinary people?

21 August, 2003

Pakistan's Sectarian Menace
By Dr. Iffat Idris

Sectarian killings are a relatively recent phenomenon in Pakistani society. The origins of sectarian violence in Pakistan can be traced back to the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan

14 August, 2003

Subverting Education
By M V Ramana

School texts in Pakistan and India have been systematically subverted and end up promoting hatred and intolerance. This process must be resisted and reversed

06 August, 2003

India Can Follow A Different Path
By Yash Pal

People are dreaming of India becoming a 'developed country'. But what kind of development does India need? "I am afraid of our becoming a developed country like the one in front today" , says Prof. Yash Pal

03 August, 2003

Let The Guns Fall Silent In Siachen
By Pavan Nair

An open letter to the President of Pakistan and the Prime Minister of India

02 August, 2003

Quetta Massacre
By Deepal Jayasekera

Sectarian violence on the rise in pakistan

20 July, 2003

It’s Not Just Noor Fatima
By Munnoo Bhai

It is not just Noor Fatima. The two great Asian neighbours are also suffering from leaks in the heart caused by their ruling classes

15 July, 2003

Quetta And Surplus Jihadis
By Dr Farrukh Saleem

Ronald Reagan had taught Pakistani generals the fine art of jihad. The Afghan war over, the jihadi surplus was released away from Pakistan in the direction of Kashmir. Other destinations included Bosnia, Chechnya, Tajikistan, the Philippines and parts of the Middle East

04 July, 2003

The Song Of The Sufi
By Sagarika Ghose

Track II diplomacy is far too mushy: Let’s get real

03 July, 2003

Circle Of Mistrust
By Kuldip Nayar

The core issue is not Kashmir, it is mutual suspicion

The India-Pakistan Odyssey
By Imtiaz Ahmad

Peace is not a one-way street. It has to be achieved through joint efforts


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