Mahendra Ved

Mahendra Ved

About Mahendra Ved

The author is President, Commonwealth Journalists Association

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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

Strife in ties has not impacted popularity of Bollywood stars in Pakistan

Cross-border COVID-19 concerns continue to shape the coverage in sections of Pakistani media dealing with entertainment. So Bollywood and its stars become the top news whatever be the state of India-Pakistan relations on political, diplomatic, and military levels

The curious affairs of Cynthia Ritchie and her Pakistani dalliances

There are numerous conjectures against or in support of Ritchie who is fighting her own court battles against the PPP brass. But it is not difficult to conclude that she is being used to tarnish the PPP leaders, dead and living, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

To build or not to build a temple - in Pakistan

The government’s move on the temple, some media commentators suggest, is to show Pakistan in a better light in comparison with India,  which is seen as being driven by Hindutva forces that are against India's religious minorities, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

Nudged by China, Pakistan tries to woo Bangladesh

Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen met Pakistan’s High Commissioner Imran Ahmed Siddiqui in Dhaka on July 1. According to a media report, the meeting indicates a possible thaw in bilateral relations, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

The new cultural cross-pollination in Pakistan, but Bollywood obsession remains

The rising popularity in Pakistan of Turkish television series ‘Diriliş: Ertuğrul’ has raised prospects of a larger Pakistan-Turkey collaborations and how these are being encouraged by Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has criticized “Hollywood-Bollywood vulgarity.”

Pakistanis looking beyond Bollywood fixation, find Malayalam cinema 'secular'

The emergence of Netflix, Prime Video, and other web-based entertainment platforms have helped Pakistani viewers/writers to look beyond Bollywood and to other Indian regional cinema, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor 

Pakistan 'Caliphal dream'? How a Turkish TV series has mesmerized a country and its prime minister

This 2014 Turkish TV series has set viewership records and is reportedly seen in 65 countries. Over 40 million have watched it in Pakistan alone since the holy Ramadan month, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

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