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Tuesday, April 12 2022


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We want good ties with India but durable peace is not possible until the Kashmir dispute is resolved… We will raise voice for Kashmiris brothers and sisters at every forum, diplomatic efforts will be made, they will be provided diplomatic support, we will give them moral support.

That was the first statement directed toward India by the new Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif—who took a fiery line, declaring “Kashmiris’ blood is flowing on roads of Kashmir and the Kashmir Valley is red with their blood.” New Delhi had viewed Sharif’s ascent as a positive development—since he’s taken a friendlier line in the past. The only response from PM Modi was a congratulatory tweet calling for “peace and stability in a region free of terror.” That said, these are early days and Pakistan has elections around the corner. Read out Big Story to know more about Sharif.

 

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Big Story

The contentious history of Qutub Minar: A guide

The TLDR: One of Delhi’s most iconic monuments is once again the target of Hindu nationalism. Rightwing groups claim it is built using materials of 27 temples destroyed by Muslim conquerors. That is exactly right. But the minar’s history is more complex than that of Islamic triumphalism—and cannot be easily reduced to Hindu vs Muslim divides of the present.


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Sanity Break

  • Arooj Aftab's exquisitely wistful song ‘Mohabbat’

 

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  • An ‘impossible’ version of the Rubik’s cube

 

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