Sect in motionA move to bring the military into the decision-making process while keeping it under civilian supremacy. Dr. Riffat Hussain pens this month’s column.
WHO WON THE 1965 INDO-PAK WAR?The sixth of September is celebrated with great pomp in Pakistan. There are parades galore, guards of honour and dizzying displays of military capabilities; television channels air jingoistic songs all day, and we are reminded repeatedly of the sacrifices made for the successful defense of our country many moons ago. But who really won the Indo-Pak war of 1965? Can a winner even be declared in a war that only ended when the United Nations mandated a ceasefire?
BOOKS DON’T GROW ON TREES
Socio-economic factors make it increasingly hard for private collections of books to survive and thrive. Shayan Naveed and Abid Hussain report.
Anushay Malik reviews The History Project, and finds that this study is both imaginative and timely, but that it needs greater critical perspective in order to challenge assumptions in South Asia’s nationalist historiography.
FREEDOM TO WATCH
The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was arguably the most star-studded film festival ever. Everyone from Matthew McConnaughey to Al Pacino to Julia Roberts were in attendance. Iman Sheikh on what she saw at the festival.