Posted on April 7, 2014 by beenasarwar
Ridha and Ibtihaj: He bravely faces his staggering loss.
My article for The News on Sunday, shared here with additional links, pix, and tweets:
By Beena Sarwar
Death, destruction, disaster are newsworthy for the mainstream media. What happens to the survivors and how they cope in the long-term are not.
Those who orchestrate bomb blasts thrive on media attention. Those affected by their dastardly acts are left to carry on as best as they can, often with inspiring courage and resilience. Continue reading
Filed under: Human rights | Tagged: #Hazaragenocide, #Shiageno, Hazara, law and order, LEJ, Mastung bus blast, Pakistan, rule of law, Shia | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 3, 2014 by beenasarwar
Kanak Dixit: thought-provoking
My PERSONAL POLITICAL column in The News last week
I was curious when my old friend, the Nepali journalist Kank Mani Dixit proposed the topic “To be Desi or Southasian” as the topic of a talk that another journalist friend, Aseem Chahbra from India, was setting up for him in New York.
Filed under: Southasia | Tagged: Aseem Chhabra, Kanak Dixit, saarc, SAJA, South Asian Union | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 24, 2014 by beenasarwar
I met Nandita Das for the first time at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, 2004, introduced by our mutual friend, the activist Shabnam Hashmi, sister of the late Safdar Hashmi. Since then I have caught up with Nandita several times, most recently at Brown University in Providence where she talked about her life and work. Here’s my article about her for The News on Sunday - it includes bits they had to delete due to space constraints. Also published in Times of India blogs.
Filed under: Pakistan-India | Tagged: Aamir Khan, Brown University, Dark is Beautiful, Deepa Mehta, Firaaq, Jan Natya Manch, Kara Film Fest, Mahesh Bhatt, nandita das, safdar hashmi, Shabana Azmi, shabnam hashmi, Vazira Zamindar | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 14, 2014 by beenasarwar
Updated version of my PERSONAL POLITICAL column published in The News op-ed and TOI blogs on Friday
Shahid Afridi’s googly lobbed at women’s cricket in Pakistan in an interview, dismissing women as just good cooks, went viral on social media over the past few days.
And recently, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) decreed that Pakistani laws that prohibit under-age marriage and place conditions on a married man’s attempts to take another wife are ‘un-Islamic’.
Ostensibly very different, both stem from the same patriarchal mind-set that sees women as inferior to men, justifying itself by invoking religion or cultural traditions. Continue reading
Filed under: Gender | Tagged: child marriage, CII Pakistan, Gender, Pakistan Family Laws, second marriage, Shahid Afridi, women | 3 Comments »
Posted on March 9, 2014 by beenasarwar
Left to right, medical student Saima Firdous, Dr Jamila Khalil, Sarah Peck, Dr Khalil Khatri. Photos: Beena Sarwar
My report for Inter Press Service, March 8, 2014. Picked up by newspapers around the world – I like the headline Asia Times gave it: Women doctors say what ails Pakistan
BOSTON, United States, Mar 8 2014 (IPS) - On one of her many visits to Pakistan recently, Sarah Peck, director of the US-Pakistan Women’s Council, spent some time talking to young women medical students in Pakistan. She was struck by their passion and commitment — and by the hurdles they face.
The US-Pakistan Women’s Council is working with expatriate Pakistani doctors to find ways to encourage women qualifying as doctors in Pakistan to practice medicine.
Women outnumber male students in medical colleges across Pakistan, forming up to 85 percent of the student body in private universities and 65 percent in the public sector. Continue reading
Filed under: Education, Gender | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 6, 2014 by beenasarwar
Thanks South Asian University for the prompt response to my question about Pakistani students raised in my last blog post. See tweets: Continue reading
Filed under: Pakistan-India | Tagged: Pakistani students in India, SAU New Delhi, South Asian University | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 6, 2014 by beenasarwar
My recent piece for The News, Pakistan and Hard News, India
One history, two narratives
How does a math student turned tech entrepreneur get involved in putting together a history book for children in India and Pakistan – a book that juxtaposes and highlights two conflicting narratives with a view to creating greater understanding?
The seeds were planted, if you’ll pardon the pun, some 13 years ago Continue reading
Filed under: Education | Tagged: history project, Long Partition, Nirupama Rao, saarc, South Asian University, Vazira Zamindar | 4 Comments »