Total Pageviews

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A quiet triumph for humanity

http://beta.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article22199.ece

Sunday, June 7, 2009

OH THE PANGS OF REUNION: REVERSING 1947

COUNTERCURRENTS
kASHMIR TIMES
GREATER KASHMIR

This article was also replicated on various blogs.

Comments via CounterCurrents are re-published below:

What a stupid article. It is so inaccurate.
geegee
Anonymous

I think this is what i call thinking of solutions which are out of the box. While if we realize the fundamental unity of creation and our divine Self there will be no space for conflict in a ideal world, I think a recognition and an awareness of the past historical facts can certainly be a movement in the right direction. This sounds a bit like lateral thinking where a divisive perspective is changed to a unifying one about the people of kashmir.
Vispi Jokhi

It is surprising to read article on this site which doesn't try to indicate that hinduism is necessarily the source of all the evils in the world.
Eternal Truth

STIFLING THE SPIRIT: MY NAANI AND 61 YEARS OF ANGUISH

THE HINDU
This article was also replicated by a few online blogs (including an online education forum!). Response to the article was phenomenal and is on a par with my Jilbab article for the BBC.

Comments that were granted permission to be published are available at the following link on my daily blog:

http://tanveerandkashmir.blogspot.com/2008/07/opinion-piece-in-hindu.html

Sunday, June 15, 2008

OPEN LETTER TO MANMOHAN SINGH

INTENT BLOG

Comments via email:

I certainly understand the sentiments. But if the objective is to
communicate with PM Manmohan Singh and get him to instruct his embassy
officials to grant visas, some of the writing seems a bit circular and
melodramatic and those parts are not likely to help your case. If you want
to publish this as an open letter that Manmohan Singh notices, it should be
concerned primarily with the facts.
Rodney
Virginia USA


I have found your story intresting on several grounds.
My aunt has all her family in Noshera and never seen them since division
of Kahsmir. There are more such women i know in
Britain. If you are in media you may think of
exploring possibility of involving BBC or Chanel 4 to
make a documentary on the issue of family reunion.
I can not agree more with your obseravtion that the
division line mainly run through State's Pahari, Gojri
speaking areas and opening of roads across these
regions is must. There are over half a million Pahari
spekaing Kashmiris in Britain would you be interested
in oraganising a meeting of British kashmiri activists
and members of divided families on the issue of
opening routes across the division line in Jammu
region? I know there is a strong urge on the other
side too for the opening of these routes.
I am part of the Association of British Kashmiris
(ABK) and Kashmir National Identity Campaign
(KNIC),numerically small groups striving for the
recognition of our Kashmiri identity and Phari
language in par with other BMEs in Britain.
I am currently in second year of My PhD
on transnationalism, local authority and British
kashmiris and Punjabis. This is also one reason that i
found your experience interesting ... borders and
states ...
Shams
Oldham UK


Dear Tanveer Ahmad,
Assalamu Alaikum,
I read your story . It was amazing seeing u trying to mitigate the brutalities of history.
I have a similar story. I grew up in Indian held Kashmir, i have scores of stories of friends or acquaintances who are dispersed by genetic link to the other side and there was no hope.
My best wishes are with you
Murtaza
London UK


bravo ,,,,,,MASHA ALLAH - WELL WRITTEN (LESS A FEW GRAMMATICAL ERRORS) WHICH IN BUILT WITH SO MUCH PASSION, YOU ARE FORGIVEN FOR.
HOPE INSHA ALLAH THAT YOUR QUEST IS SUCCESSFUL, PLEASE KEEP ME UPDATED.
ALLAH HAFIZ
Farooq
Luton UK


Well done Tanveer Ahmed!
Best,
Kamran
Islamabad Pakistan


dude aslkm!
We haven't heard from you in centuries, I'd taken you for finished.I need to get to the bottom of your case, basically you're saying the rotters won't let a visa slip because it's "only" a family matter? it's totally outrageous, comments? mashallah you articulate beautifully!
Lily
London UK


That is an excellent letter Tanveer. Now in the wake of the
earthquake, your visa may be crushed further under the
rubble of bureaucracy.
My sympathies.
Kavita
India

LINKS TO ARTICLES FOR THE BBC

BY TOPICS:

JILBAAB

LINKS:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/faith/2004/06/jilbab_explained.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/content/articles/2006/03/22/faith_the_jilbab_explained_feature.shtml

IRAQ

LINKS:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/content/articles/2005/01/27/tanveer_iraq_diary_part1_feature.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/content/articles/2005/02/01/tanveer_iraq_diary_part2_feature.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/content/articles/2005/02/11/tanveer_iraq_diary_part3_feature.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/content/image_galleries/tanveer_iraq_gallery.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/content/image_galleries/tanveer_iraq_election_gallery.shtml

KASHMIR

LINK:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/content/articles/2005/04/20/kashmir_peace_patience_200405_feature.shtml

Comments on the above link below:
(The comments on that link have disappeared, for some reason)

Dr. Abdullah Malik
India has occupied kashmir at the behest of a huge troop deployment. If India is sincere in restoring the peace in Kashmir, it should start decreasing it's military presence which will pave a way to peace. As far as the above story is concerned, I am extremely doubtful that the families will be able to re-unite. Thousands have already left this world disappointed.

Anup Nambiar
A very touching story indeed. I am sure the case is similar to what a large number of people on both sides of the LOC are facing today. I hope the governments will resolve the crisis as soon as possible and give succour to those who have suffered all this while.

imran chaudhry
i think now we should be serious to solve this problum

Gulzeb
Very interesting article- I hope your Naani is finally reunited with her sister. Good Luck.

Neelofar
A very interesting and touching story. I look forward to your future articles.

A convert to the muslim religion from hindu
I wish you well and all your families - it is so good to hear we can live and survive in peace. I am very happy for you most of all that you did not bring in any view that your naani's family were hindu's and are not worth knowing.

sunil paul
It is a welcoming step by the both governments.This also perhaps the only initiative where the feelings of the people of kashmir is considered

sonia
hi im from luton and i wish u good luck

mohammed hussain
this war is a load of b*****ks.should'nt be happening. but there you go it is happening.!!!!!!

A Taxi Ride in Kabul with Sher Khan

ASHARQ-AL-AWSAT



As we climbed into the taxi, we were welcomed not only by the driver Sher Khan, but also by an array of Indian actresses whose photos were plastered all over the car. As we made our journey towards the other side of Kabul, It was an ideal opportunity to get a first-hand account of someone living in Kabul.

Our initial query was whether he knew of where bombing had taken place in October 2001, to which he replied that he was in Peshawar at the time. However, he knew of a rocket exploding on election night close to the German embassy. Indeed, Sher khan had spent a lot of time in Pakistan, travelling widely from Kashmir to Karachi.

When asked about the price of fuel, he explained that the price of a litre had rocketed from 13 Afghanis before the election to 24 Afghanis soon after (45 Afghanis=$1), common foodstuffs had become expensive too. As we drive past what have been commonly described as Russian flats, we learn that families of soldiers killed during Najibullah’s time were given them. We also pass Qila Zaman Khan (also known as cement ‘khana’) where we accompanied the British mobile patrol just the day before.

As it was the first day of Ramadhan, it dawned on me to ask whether he was fasting, to which he replied that he had fasted yesterday too. He even knew some people who had fasted the day before as we pass Kabul’s main hospital, where he tells us 400 patients can be treated at a time.

“There is peace and calm at the moment, but the local warlords cannot stay long without picking a fight with each other.”

Did he have a beard during the Taleban era I asked? “Yes and we were delighted when they came, they acted according to Shariah. However, later when he heard of hands being cut off he got frightened. “If someone steals they should be put in prison, they shouldn’t have their hands cut off.” He reasoned.

When asked about why he didn’t do anything to change the situation (as he was a Talib himself), he said what could I do by myself? The Taleban ruled well but they didn’t have any development plans. Which brought us conveniently to the subject of Hamid Karzai. “He will develop this country, although he will need the foreign forces to support him. He has a first-class brain and he knows 28 languages.” When I suggested that he travels abroad more than he does locally, Sher Khan suggested that he maybe scared but there is nothing wrong with that, rather it’s understandable.
When the question of the fare arose. “You are guests in my homeland, I am Afghani, you don’t have to pay the fare.”

Are you Afghani first or Muslim first? I questioned. “I am a Muslim first, One has to learn about Allah, then about oneself, then about their country and then the world,” he elaborately explained.

What about the election, were there long queues at the polling stations I enquired, “I don’t know as I didn’t vote, I didn’t have time and that’s all I can say on that.” Deciding to change the subject, I enquired about the photos of Indian actresses in the car to which he explained, “It is not my car, I am actually quite religious.”

In all this barrage of questioning, it was amazing that he was able to manage his way through the traffic while answering what were sometimes emotive questions. Asking him to be careful when driving, he explained that as long as his car was fine, he was fine too.