NOVEMBER 2001
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Queen Suraya of Afghanistan - in early decades of 1900

Muslim Women challenge Islamic Fundamentalism

Islam is among the younger religions of the world - one that promised equality and greater dignity to women. Yet, the lower-rung clerics and the fundamentalists, especially in societies with high rates of illiteracy, have used it as an instrument of control and misrepresented the religion, inadvertently, as a medieval, primitive school of thought. Some Muslim women call it ‘political opportunism’.  Dr. Sima Samar, Asma Jahangir, Hina Jilani and Sultana Kamal are all professional Muslim women – fighting a mind-set that denies a woman her basic rights. 


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Omar Abdullah


Omar Abdullah is the scion of one of the most distinguished families of Kashmir. He represents modern India, is energetic, articulate, and in his two brief years as a Minister in the Capital, he has made a positive impact on Indian politics.

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Rendered homeless
Kashmiri Hindu in Delhi camps

Overlooked & Ignored

"Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of Kashmir, are a peace-loving community that, over the years, became a minority population and played by the rules set by the Muslim majority of the state. For no fault of their own, other than their religion, the population was targeted for barbarous acts and driven out of the valley."


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Pakistan Squash - The Khan Supremacy

Squash supremacy and Pakistan have been synonymous for the past fifty years with the common factor of a family called the KHANS. The story began when Hashim, who was a Squash professional at the Peshawar Air Force Mess, convinced his officers to send him to play in the British Open - The Wimbledon of Squash - in 1950.


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NOVEMBER 2001 Contents

Women's Issues

Muslim Women challenge
Islamic Fundamentalism

- Dr. Sima Samar

- Asma Jahangir & Hina Jilani

- Sultana Kamal


Omar Abdullah


Overlooked & Ignored
- Kashmiri Hindus


Pakistan Squash - The Khan Supremacy

- The Hashim Saga

-Azam, Roshan, Mohibullah

-Lahore 1960 - 80

-Gogi Alauddin

-Qamar Zaman & Hiddy Jahan

-Jahangir Khan

-Jansher Khan


Security & Trust in Internet Banking

-South Asian E-Banking

-Telecoms & Banking

-Security Issues in Banking

-PKI - Digital Credentials

-Internet Banking & E-Govt in south Asia


Perceptions of a  Lahorite

Editor's Note



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Silk Road on Wheels

The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in Bangladesh


From the past issues

The First People of south Asia

The Jews of India

The Parsi Community of India

Modern Art in Pakistan

Elephant polo in Nepal

... and many more



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Ayurvedic spas of Kerala


Optical networks

B2B - Efficiency & Profits

Reinventing India

Internet in South Asian Development