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Pakistan's Ajoka Theatres founder and Director Madeeha Gauhar passes away

It is with a sad heart that I write these lines about a friend and colleague whose compassionate nature and humanist commitments earned my respect and admiration. Whenever I was in Lahore she and her life partner Shahid Nadeem would invite me to watch their plays.

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I sing a song rooted in Lahore's Pre-Partition History

In 1945 O.P. Nayyar recorded a private song at His Master's Voice Recording Company's Studio in SHAH DIN BUILDING on the Mall, near Charing Cross. OP Nayyar became a Bollywood legendary music director but was originally from Lahore.

Happy Holi - from Pakistan!

Holi Ayee re Ayee re Holi Ayee Re, May the colours of Holi fill your lives with abundant joy. A classic song on Holi Holi Ayee re Kanhai

South Asia Hand is back

Friends, you have probably noticed that South Asia Hand went silent for about six months. Many of you know the reason: my husband and co-creator of the site, Howard Schaffer, died in November after a long stay in the hospital.

Asma Jahangir: She shaped the destiny of South Asia

“We want the open skies of friendship, not walls of hatred,” these words of Asma Jahangir resonated across India Habitat Centre in New Delhi where numerous Indian friends of the Pakistani civil rights activist who breathed her last on 11 February, 2018 in Lahore due to brain haemorrhage  gathered to pay their last respects and celebrate an extraordinary life.

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,


IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...