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Venal Waste !

 What if someone offered you a job which paid a million bucks, but you knew it would kill a million people? How about if it meant the end to a hundred thousand, or, say, ten thou­sand… or a thousand? Would…

Retelling Kargil !

Nasim Zehra’s book on Kargil is a valuable addition to the existing scholarship on Pakistan’s wars and military decision-making — a brave attempt indeed to contest nationalistic official narratives The outline of the events from April till August 1999, called…

Patel Wanted Hyderabad For India, Not Kashmir

Until September 13, 1947, India’s first deputy prime minister Vallabhbhai Patel was fine if Kashmir went to Pakistan – as long as Hyderabad came to India. There has been some controver­sy over recent remarks made by Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, who…

The Bronte Parsonage In England

I was standing in front of a plain dining table in the Bronte Parsonage in the village of Haworth, in Yorkshire, England. The Bronte sisters, arguably England’s most famous literary family, had written all their great novels and poems on…

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