Mahendra Ved

Mahendra Ved

About Mahendra Ved

The author is President, Commonwealth Journalists Association

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Pakistan's misguided cultural nationalism - and a losing battle with Indian content

Pakistani audiences seem unwilling to discard the supposedly "vulgar" stuff they are addicted to, given the common socio-cultural ethos of the subcontinent, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor  

Revisiting history: Pakistan's insidious resurrection of Junagadh issue

Today, there is nothing in Junagadh and its recent history to indicate the one-time, albeit brief, aspirations of its ambitious and misguided erstwhile Nawab to accede to Pakistan, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor 

Pakistan Army in growing political storm: Risks of umpire becoming a player to shield 'proxy' PM

Even during the rule by earlier ‘proxies’ of which Nawaz was certainly one, the military was not exposed to attacks like the ones at the three back-to-back opposition rallies through October at Gujranwala, Karachi, and Quetta. This is an unprecedented situation. The Army has lost some of its image as the nation’s ‘saviour,’ writes…

Maryam Nawaz: Will she be on the right side of history?

As Pakistan enters its winter of discontent, yet again, Maryam Nawaz has emerged as a front-ranking leader in a male bastion, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

Pakistan's Bollywood fixation reveals its society's fault lines

Pakistani media and celebrities from the entertainment world cannot help but follow Bollywood shenanigans, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

Pakistan seeks to capitalise on 'Bolly-lore'

A museum complex is being planned in Peshawar at the ancestral homes of Indian cinema legends Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan as Pakistan seeks to capitalise on 'Bolly-lore' despite having imposed a ban on Hindi films

Does revival of Pak cinema depend upon India?

Pakistani cinema industry, even as it fears being swamped by Bollywood, realises the need for films from India that, given the common culture, resonate well with the cinegoers, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

Pranab Mukherjee: President who could have been India's PM was a 'true friend' of Bangladesh

That Mukherjee influenced former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to grant Bangladesh a billion dollars, the highest India had then extended to any single country, and that the amount was almost tripled when Hasina-led Bangladesh absorbed it all, is not very well known, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

'Witches of Pakistan' takes India by storm, culture transcends politics

Dubbed “Witches of Pakistan,” Churails are about four feisty women who seek to chase and expose men engaged in infidelity, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

Once seen as 'common heritage', Mughal-e-Azam's 60th anniversary goes unnoticed in Pakistan

Those who follow Bollywood, anywhere in the world, are taking note of the iconic Mughal-e-Azam, which completed 60 years this month, as its screenplay, written by four veterans of that golden age of the Hindi film industry enters the official Oscars library


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