If Begum Jaan, or for that matter any movie on Partition made outside of Pakistan, can make the nation so vulnerable that it cannot even view the film before banning it, the country is certainly enveloped in insecurity and paranoia.
All public spaces across Pakistan are under threat. I have a meeting to hold today; as I debate which part of Lahore may be safer to conduct it in, I wonder if there is any safe space left.
Suicide bombings in Pakistan are now an occasion to outsource blame and not look inward to fix what’s wrong.
Pakistan may be trying to rectify its past mistakes and improve its international image but it won’t be easy undoing the support Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa has built by aiding citizens in need whom the government has failed.
With rising nationalism premised on religious identity on both sides of the border, religious minorities have to constantly prove their Pakistani- or Indian-ness.
The residents of the breathtaking Neelum Valley only want peace, so that they can go on with their lives and livelihoods without constant fear.
The Bombay high court’s ruling permitting women inside the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali is a good first step but a lot more needs to be done across India and Pakistan to make shrines women-friendly.
Both India and Pakistan have been successful in their nationalism projects, the former debatably more effective in its efforts. In doing so, both nations have found it necessary to look down upon the other.
In conversation with activist Qamar Naseem about the experiences of transgender people in a community that is both entertained and repulsed by them.