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Thursday, Dec 02, 2021
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india-pakistan diplomacy

Leash Here, Lash There

India, Pakistan bark up the wrong tree

Leash Here, Lash There
Illustration by Sorit
Leash Here, Lash There
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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

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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.

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