Herald: Highlights of the October 2012 issue

Dialogue of the deaf

On why long-term peace remains elusive in conflict-ridden Balochistan

Boundary disputes

The story of an election commission buckling under external pressures

Leap of faith

Conversions, discrimination and isolation – the state of Hindus in Pakistan

The desert in watercolour

In Thar, lives remain inextricably linked to rainwater

A cut above the rest

An interview with Nomi Ansari on his latest digital prints and his collection in Ensemble

From the Editorial Desk — Asking the right questions

From the Editorial Desk — Asking the right questions

How do individuals, communities and nations try to cope with adversity? History books throw up answers that are bewilderingly various: short and long, simple and complex, academic and practical, philosophical and psychological, ethical and political. There is, however, one thing … Continue reading

Dialogue of the deaf

Dialogue of the deaf

On why long-term peace remains elusive in conflict-ridden Balochistan

Let us move towards some solutions, says Quetta-based historian and writer Dr Shah Muhammad Marri, pointing out that there has already been enough storytelling on Balochistan’s bloodshed. The question now is where to look for a solution. One thing that … Continue reading

Boundary disputes

Boundary disputes

The story of an election commission buckling under external pressures

Attorney general Irfan Qadir was categorical in his September 25 letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim: “the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has the exclusive obligation to determine the questions of disqualifications … [it is not … Continue reading

Leap of faith

Leap of faith

Conversions, discrimination and isolation – the state of Hindus in Pakistan

Ram Kori, a young Hindu girl, fell in love and eloped with Amir Noor Ali, a Muslim boy. Her mother approached the courts, pleading that her under-age daughter had been abducted and forcibly converted. The government subsequently arrested Ali and … Continue reading

The desert in watercolour

The desert in watercolour

In Thar, lives remain inextricably linked to rainwater

The old thakur looks wilted and weary but as soon as he spies the camera, he straightens up, straight as an arrow. He reties his turban and adjusts his shirt; he spits twice, once on the flat of each palm, … Continue reading

A cut above the rest

A cut above the rest

An interview with Nomi Ansari on his latest digital prints and his collection in Ensemble

We are on the ritzy fashion avenue of Dubai Mall and as we step into Tory Burch, two women – apparently Lebanese, with a distant South Asian connection – start gushing over Nomi Ansari and how much they love his … Continue reading