Then stretch our bones in a still gloomy valley;
Nothing’s so dainty sweet as lovely melancholy.
– John Fletcher (1579-1625)
Malala in Pashtun means melancholy, a word that lies on the border of poetry and philosophy, and means more than just grief. Read more
Many Indians still feel that we should not relent on Pakistan, use our diplomatic and economic clout to make it pay a nasty price for the Mumbai attacks. Maybe we can. Pakistan lacks the money without which wars can neither be fought nor won and has few international backers for a conflict against India today. Read more
What after all is jihad? From an India-Pakistan perspective, few people can answer this question better than Pakistani-American writer and Mary Richardson professor of history at Tufts University, Ayesha Jalal. Her book, Partisans of Allah: Meanings of Jihad in South Asia (2008), puts this core concept of Islam in perspective for the subcontinental audience. Read more
Before the first word of this essay is written, let a prophecy be made: Blinkered nationalists may accuse me of writing a puff piece on Pakistan, something far from the truth. Read more