|Artworks: Khuda Bux Abro|
Fauzia’ (not her real name) lay on the bed, a blanket covering half of her body, including the hands. Her brother, ‘Wahab’, held her from the back. The rest of the family stood around them – the daughters crying, the mother praying, the brother shouting, the sister-in-law scandalised. This was not the first time Fauzia was suffering from such a fit. Over the past three months this had become a regular feature of the family’s life. But it was becoming dangerous, and ‘Maria’, Fauzia’s sister-in-law, was afraid of the impact this was bound to have on her two young children.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
On 1 December 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the US of cutting fuel supplies to Afghan security forces. Despite US pressure, Karzai continues to stall the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement.
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Vijay Prashad reviews Syed Saleem Shahzad’s Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, discussing Taliban strategy in the context of NATO withdrawal. (October 2011)
Aunohita Mojumdar explores questions of accountability in relation to the West’s “hasty exit strategy”. (February 2011)