Our Fight Club
- Pakistan sends back 50 stray dogs in response to one Indian stray reaching Lahore
- School texts encourage children to ridicule and hate each other
- Indo-Pak border guards engage in daily, ritual brinkmanship at the Wagah-Attari border
- Absence of a ‘pet-protocol’ stops Indians and Pakistanis from bringing back pets they adopt
Through his celebrated stories on Partition, the inimitable Saadat Hasan Manto mocked the policies and decisions of nation-makers, imperialists and political grandees by looking at common people. Put them under the lens, and they continue to wink at the various absurdities of their progeny. Toba Tek Singh, a story published in 1955 and which is now emblematic of Manto’s canon, is a literary crystal ball which still throws light on the oddities of India-Pakistan relations.