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The king’s burden

The 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II culminated with her transition at her beloved abode, the Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Queen Elizabeth’s death was mourned by many but…

Divided hells

INTERNATIONAL borders emphasise insularity: Litfests are the corrective reminders of our inherent universality. The Khushwant Singh Litfest draws, as Khushwant Singh’s mind did, from skeins of history, literature, poetry, politics…

A foreign past

YOU know you belong to the past when a generation of Indians you remember are now dead. “The past is a foreign country,” the novelist L.P. Hartley once observed, “they…

African Artefacts

African artefacts

On November 23, France announced it was going to return 26 works of art to Benin illegally obtained after the French conquest of the Kingdom of Dahomey (modern-day Benin) in…

The Intellectual’s Reading List

The intellectual’s reading list

Libraries, diaries and letters are some of the basic tools that can help us understand the ideas and perceptions of philosophers, literary writers and artists. The books that they read…

Literary Infanticide

Literary infanticide

Only in Pakistan does infanticide need a thousand fathers, and honest endeavour is born an orphan. Nowhere has this been more apparent than the Lahore Literary Festival 2017. Five years…

Bitter Options

Bitter Options

It takes a visit to the British Museum in London to make sense of contemporary Pakistani politics. Only there, in that shrine to unending civilisation, in those honey-combed galleries honouring…

Art, History And Artefact

Art, history and artefact

“It was painful to see the state chair of gold of late lion of the Punjab ... with a mere picture upon it, shawls without babes, musical instruments without a…