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Peace for South Asia
On the eve of Independence in 1947,
Pakistan inherited the common and shared tradition of Urdu literature that
belonged to the literary culture of the Indian sub-continent. Literature was expected to have a new direction, though it
was rather early to relate literature to any undefined expectation. Saadat
Hassan Manto (1912-1955) turned the painful, partition-related events into
great literature. The fiction and poetry of the period that followed was
largely progressive in its tone and spirit. It has not only evolved its
own identity, but has also become the socio-cultural document of an era of
hope and hardships. Read
Surajprasad Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for
Literature last month. The announcement of the award in October
was received with mixed reactions – bordering almost on an
East-West divide. The accolades have almost invariably come from
the West, while the East has been more critical of his writing.
Naipaul is one of the controversial writers of our times. His
critics allege that his books on India and the Islamic World
reflect insufficient understanding of the region, its people,
and its spirit. He has been accused of cultural insensitivity.
To others, his perceptions and what he observes seem objective,
relevant and astute.
A rare exhibition of photographs of Indian royalty and nobility, taken at
Lafayette (between 1897 and 1935), the oldest studio in the world, was on
display in Delhi recently. The exhibition of these rare
photographs was organised by Roli books, in collaboration with the
Victoria and Albert Museum of England.
Jullundur Brigade Manchester
Jullundur Brigade is a 90-year-old association of ‘blood
brothers in arms’. It was a part
of the Lahore Division of the Indian Army and comprised the 1st
Manchesters, 47th Sikhs, and 59th (Scinde)
Rifles Frontier Force. The three Regiments are now – 1st
Battalion The Kings Regiment of the British Army, 5th
Battalion The Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army, and the 1st
Battalion (Scinde) the Frontier Force Regiment of the Pakistan
Army. For a couple of days every two or three years, boundaries
are forgotten, and Officers from all three Regiments share a
memorable time in honour of the close association of the past.
from South Asia
|From the genetic debris of Modernism, a new art is in gestation. As the
stem cells of the schools of Modern Art find themselves grafted more
freely to hospitable indigenous cultures, the resultant possibilities can
only be immense. Free from dogmatic heirarchies and energized by innovation and
diversity, art appears to be gravitating to traditional reservoirs of
craft and belief practices in South Asia.
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