Posted on October 17, 2014 by beenasarwar
Pakistan has a million Malalas: My interview in Times of India, Oct 15, 2014
Beena Sarwar is a Pakistani journalist and documentary filmmaker. As an Indian and Pakistani together win 2014’s Nobel peace prize, Sarwar spoke with Anahita Mukherji about the joint award, tension at the LoC – and how Pakistan has a million Malalas:
Will Malala Yousafzai winning the Nobel inspire more Pakistanis now — and enable her to return to Pakistan?
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Posted on October 11, 2014 by beenasarwar
My article for Scroll.in today about how “Takfiri” thinking drove physicist Abdus Salam out of the country, and keeps Malala Yusufzai away from her home.
Malala: “I decided that I would speak up. Through my story I want to tell other children all around the world they should stand up for their rights”
There is no escaping the irony that the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 has gone jointly to two child rights advocates from Pakistan and India – 17-year old Malala Yousafzai and 60-year old Kailash Satyarthi — while the armies of their countries trade bullets and kill innocents across the Line of Control in Kashmir. Continue reading
Filed under: Blasphemy Laws, Education, Pakistan-India | Tagged: Abdus Salam, ahmadi, Dr Salam gravestone, eqbal ahmad, Jibran Nasir, Kailash, Malala, mujahideen, Nobel, Pakistan, Takfiri, Taliban, Terrorism theirs and ours | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 4, 2014 by beenasarwar
Akhilesh Mishra: humanity and poetry. Photos: Farhat Sadaqa
In Toronto for a family wedding, I was invited to speak at a South Asian event on Monday. Here’s the short piece I wrote about it, focusing on the speech by the Indian Consul General Akhilesh Mishra. Published in the Aman ki Asha page in The News, September 3, 2014.
Speaking at an informal discussion organised by the South Asian Peoples Forum in the Toronto area in Canada on Monday, Akhilesh Mishra, the unassuming Consul General of India won many hearts with his soul-touching poetry, couplets of which were interspersed throughout his brief speech.
This, coupled with his humane and compassionate outlook, comes as a refreshing change from the kind of talk and posturing one usually gets from diplomats. Continue reading
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Posted on July 11, 2014 by beenasarwar
Hamid Ansari, 27, MBA, Rotarian from Mumbai… missing since Nov 2012
My article on the case of the Indian national Hamid Ansari who has ‘disappeared’ in Pakistan, published in The News, July 11, 2014; an abbreviated version in Hardnews, India. See Hamid’s mother’s online petition appealing to the governments of India and Pakistan to find her son and my friend Indian journalist Shivam Vij’s earlier articles on this case, in The Friday Times, and in the Christian Science Monitor
On July 1, the Peshawar High Court directed Pakistan’s defence and interior ministries to provide full information about an Indian national, Hamid Ansari, who disappeared from the mountainous Kohat district in late 2012. There is room here for cautious optimism on several fronts. Continue reading
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Posted on May 26, 2014 by beenasarwar
May 25, , Puri beach, Odisha: Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik’s image of India’s Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made in sand, with the message ” Peace gets a chance’.
I don’t have any great expectations from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s upcoming visit to Delhi for PM designate Modi’s inauguration but it’s good that he’s going (despite all the pressures) and that contact is being initiated. Hopefully this contact will lead to steps being taken to implement agreements that have already been signed (re: trade, travel) that are in limbo. In that spirit, a re-plug for the Aman ki Asha petition against visa restrictions. Please sign and share if you haven’t already. Also, a very positive step ahead of the Modi-Sharif meeting is that, as a goodwill gesture, Pakistan has ordered the release of over 150 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, from Pakistani prisons. And for the first time, they are also releasing fishing boats. This is the first time in years that any side has decided to release fishing boats – kudos to Pakistan for taking the lead in this direction.
PIPFPD welcomes fishermen’s release, participation of Sharif in Modi’s swearing in ceremony
Modi’s invitation to Nawaz Sharif – a welcome move: Justice Markandey Katju Continue reading
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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.
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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
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