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

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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

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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

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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

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