Pakistani court quashes ban on Indian teledramas

Pakistani court quashes ban on Indian teledramas

Lahore July 18 (Express Tribune): Noting that “the world has become a global village”, the Lahore High Court (LHC) lifted on Tuesday a ban on the airing of Indian drama serials imposed by the broadcast media watchdog last year. Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order after hearing arguments on a petition filed by a local media company praying...

Fusion of a different kind: Two dance forms meet across the Palk Strait

Fusion of a different kind: Two dance forms meet across the Palk Strait

By Meera Srinivasan/The Hindu Colombo, June 5: The Chitrasena dance school is located on one of Colombo’s busiest roads, but once you enter its premises, all you hear is exuberant drumbeats. On Saturday morning, the large thatch-roofed hall was brimming with children dressed in red and black. Seated at different spots, three generations of teachers from Sri Lanka’s first family...

Hindutva forces trying to hijack non-communal Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam

Hindutva forces trying to hijack non-communal Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam

By Azzam Khan/www.southasianmonitor.com Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, the pride of the Bengali nation, the revolutionary who stood up against the British colonialists, against religious hypocrisy, against class and caste discrimination, is now being used for all the wrong reasons. He is being embroiled in the exact kind of propaganda that he abhorred. Nazrul now lies buried...

Novels of “Islamic” love set Bangladeshi hearts aflutter

Novels of “Islamic” love set Bangladeshi hearts aflutter

Dhaka, April 27 (AFP): Kasem bin Abubakar was told nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi society. And yet his tales of lovers whispering sweet nothings sold millions in the 1980s and proved a huge hit among young girls from Bangladesh's rural, conservative heartland. Now his work...

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