Another feather in MHB's cap
Mekaal Hasan Band
The Mekaal Hasan Band's recently released album Andholan is the first instance of such a joint Indo-Pak collaboration. It also features the band's first female vocalist

The Mekaal Hasan Band (MHB) recently released its third album, "Andholan" with a cross-border line-up - flutist Mohammad Ahsan Papu, guitarist and founder Mekaal Hasan with bassist Sheldon D'Silva, drummer Gino Banks and vocalist Sharmistha Chatterjee.

MHB's first two albums 'Sampoo ..... more

The urge to express ourselves Gaurav Chavan and Ramsha Jahangir continue their online cross-border discussion. The earlier two installments of this conversation appeared on Sept. 3, and Sept. 24, 2014

Ramsha Jahangir: Is India divided? What does your nation have to .....more

TV shows help bridge divide between India, Pakistan By Deepak Dobhal

India and Pakistan's complex relationship has been marked by contrasting trends in recent weeks - a worsening of ties at the government level and an increasing interest by ordinary Indians in the ordinary lives of their counterparts .....more

Binding Music After a sabbatical of five years and some inner restructuring, the Mekaal Hasan Band is all set to release its new album with a female lead vocalist.

By Sameen Amer

Following a change in line-up a few months ago, the Mekaal Hasan Band has tra .....more

"I feel if music is honest and made with integrity, it has the power to touch and heal hearts." Trained Indian classical singer Sharmistha Chatterjee joins Pakistanís Mekaal Hasan Band as lead vocalist. The Sufi-rock band from Lahore becomes a cross-border collaboration as Sharmistha Chatterjee takes a place behind the mike in Meekal Hasan Band's line-up. Instep catches up with the band's new vocalist for a quick Q&A.

By Sameen Amer

In .....more

What this Nobel Peace Prize means to us Some comments from Aman ki Asha supporters on the joint award of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to an Indian and Pakistani

Lalita Ramdas:
The theme of Indo Pak peace has been a recurring one, flagged by organisations like the Ramon M .....more

India, Pakistan, South Asia groups call for peace Sand artist Sudharsan Pattnaikís sculpture, Pune: underlining the human suffering. Citizens' groups urge India and Pakistan to implement the 2003 ceasefire and resolve all issues through talks

With the civilian death toll rising and desperate villagers forced to flee their homes due to the continuous firing since October 1st acros .....more

Joint statement by Editors of Jang Group & Times of India

Peace between India and Pakistan has been stubbornly elusive and yet tantalizingly inevitable. This vast subcontinent senses the bounties a peace dividend can deliver to its people yet it recoils from claiming a share. The natural impulse would be to break out of the straitjacket of stated positions and embrace an ideal that promises sustained prosperity to the region, yet there is hesitation. There is a collective paralysis of the will, induced by the trauma of birth, amplified by false starts, mistrust, periodic outbreaks of violence, suspicion, misplaced jingoism and diplomatic doublespeak. Hypnotized by their own mantra, the two states are reluctant to move towards normalization until certain terms and certain promises are kept.



The world has seen worse cases of animosity

Thursday, July 12, 2012
by Ammar Shahbazi
Cultural and linguistic bonds of a civilization are stronger than its religious bonds, says professor Naeem ur Rehman Farooqi, former Pro Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University. "So the connection between India and Pakistan is inherent and intrinsic, something that no political and military power can ever erode" In an interview with Aman Ki Asha, he said that the history of a civilisation cann


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55_7-03-2011_1.jpgThe News on Sunday Special Report: India Pakistan prisoners
We probably didn't need to do this Special Report. Newspaper stories don't matter when it comes to Indians in Pakistani jails and vice versa. In fact, 'vice versa' sums it up. We do to them what they do to us.

Except when the two countries decide to begin talking, yet again! This time a little before the foreign secretary level talks, some Pakistani prisoners were released by India (and vice versa must have happened) and some more were released after the talks. more

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