POSTED BY OWD ON Aug 24, 2014 AT 02:14 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 24, 2014 02:14 IST

After a day of much tension at the International border with Pakistan firing on border posts and villages and the Indian Home Minister asking the BSF jawans to give effective replies, here is a gentle reminder by Indian-American artist Zeshan Bagewadi that we are essentially the same people.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Aug 24, 2014 AT 02:14 IST, Edited At: Aug 24, 2014 02:14 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 01:55 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 01:55 IST

Siddharth Varadarajan, writing in reminds us that the Hurriyat leaders meeting Pakistanis is nothing new: PM's Pakistan Outreach Ends in Predictable Whimper:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 01:55 IST, Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 01:55 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 23:59 IST

As was to be expected, Mr Modi waded into the "Dehati Aurat" controversy, reported earlier, in his speech at BJP's Delhi rally:

"How dare you (Sharif) address my nation's Prime Minister as a village woman? There cannot be a bigger insult of the Indian Prime Minister. We can fight with him on policies but this we will not tolerate. This nation of 1.2 billion will not tolerate its Prime Minister's insult"

He went on to add:

"The journalists who were sitting in front of Nawaz Sharif when he was insulting our Prime Minister should also answer to the people of my country".

"I want to ask those journalists, I don't know who were they but journalists of my country who were having sweets sitting with Nawaz Sharif when he was abusing our Prime Minister calling him village woman, I expected those Indian journalists, the country expected them, to refuse the sweets and walk out"

Reportedly at Mr Sharif's initiative, Pakistan got into damage control mode:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 05:10 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 05:10 IST

Pakistan journalist Hamid Mir is heard in the above TV programme as saying that Mr Nawaz Sharif called Barkha Dutt of NDTV and him for a breakfast meet and among other things, smilingly told Barkha Dutt that it seemed Mr Manmohan Singh had gone not as the Indian Prime Minister but as a "dehati aurat" to complain about him to President Obama

Literally, "dehati aurat" would mean a "village woman".

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 05:10 IST, Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 05:10 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 26, 2012 AT 22:26 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 26, 2012 22:26 IST

The intercepts of the chilling conversations that the 26/11 "handler" 'Abu Jindal' had with the terrorists were widely heard around the world and documented in various excellent documentaries and there is a renewed interest in these intercepts now with the arrest of Zabiuddin Ansari aka Abu Jindal aka Abu Jundal aka Abu Hamza, a co-conspirator of the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai, who is alleged to be the handler whose voice has been identified with one of those voices on the intercepts. A quick recap from our blogs:

Intercepts of the Phonecalls with Handlers

Excerpts from the transcript of conversation between "Abu Jindal" and one of the terrorists at Chabad House:

Handler: Remember that every one person you kill there is like taking 50 lives.... Handler: Listen

TerrorisTerrorist:  Yes, yes

Handler: Get rid of these people. Kill them

Terrorist:  By Allah's wish it is all quiet. There is no movement

Handler: No, no wait. Shoot. If firing starts, you won't know the timing, direction and intensity

Terrorist:  I've run out of grenades

Handler: Do it

Terrorist:  What? Shoot them?

Handler: Yes. Make them sit up and shoot them in the backs of their heads

... [After some time]

Handler: Have you done the job or not?

Terrorist:  No, I will do it in front of you. I was waiting for you

Handler: Do it in the name of Allah. (Woman screams: Please don't kill me!)

Handler: You killed one?

Terrorist:  Both together

Terrorist:  Allah willing, today is Friday. Today will be the final fight

Handler: Use all of your might. Do it. Shoot them. Get them

Terrorist:  Intense fire has started. Firing has started in our room

Handler: Take cover

(A little later)

Handler: Yes, what happened?

Terrorist:  I've been hit

Handler: Where?

Terrorist:  On my side and leg

Handler: May Allah protect you

Terrorist:  Pray for me, so that I attain martyrdom

For more context, some of the documentaries:

Channel 4's Dispatches: Terror in Mumbai:

CNN-IBN: 60 Hours:

Pro Publica: A Perfect Terrorist

Watch A Perfect Terrorist on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

AlJazeera 101 East: Terror in Mumbai Part I

AlJazeera 101 East: Terror in Mumbai Part II

Also See: Jason MotlagHandler: Sixty Hours Of Terror

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 26, 2012 AT 22:26 IST, Edited At: Jun 26, 2012 22:26 IST
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