The Fellows aim to broaden the dialogue on India-Pakistan relations, working on a cross-border public service project. They will actively communicate via a dedicated section of the Asia 21 Young Leaders social networking site, develop a media outreach strategy on the challenges of leadership for India and Pakistan and be connected to Asia 21 sector groups which link leaders from across Asia.
Inaugural Class of Fellows: Ahmad Rafay Alam, Advocate, Lahore High Court: Ziad Bashir, Director, Gul Ahmed Textile Mills; Zafar Iqbal Choudhary, journalist and policy analyst; Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker; Sarath Babu Elumalai, founder and CEO, Foodking; Menaka Guruswamy, Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Abid Hussain Imam, Assistant Professor of Law and Policy, Lahore University of Management Sciences; Sehar Iqbal, Chairperson, Nasheman Welfare Society; Munizae Jahangir, Associate Executive Producer and Special Correspondent, Express News; Mekhala Krishnamurthy, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania and Sabeen Mahmud, Founder and Director, PeaceNiche.
Films crossing boundaries
Indian academic Salma Siddiqui is on her fourth visit to Pakistan since the year 2000, for research in connection with her PhD in Media Art and Design at the University of Westminster in London. On Friday she presented a paper at the Institute of Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS), Lahore, analysing three Pakistani films on the construction of history and identity, Khuda Ke Liye, Khamosh Paani and Ramchand Pakistani.
"Identity is contingent on political events," she said. "For example, in Khuda ke liye, the identity of Fawad Khan's character is contingent upon the political context in Pakistan."
Films, she said, are an important source of history and also cultural norms. People in India watching Ramchand Pakistani were surprised that there were non-Muslim Pakistanis.
As an Indian Muslim, she thought Khuda Ke Liye made some bold and interesting statements. "It argued that the terror timeline in Pakistan started before 9/11. It addressed the growing radicalisation in Pakistan as well as rising Islamophobia elsewhere.
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