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THE EMBRACE OF INSANITY


The News June 28, 2010 The embrace of insanity Sherry Rehman The writer is an MNA and former federal minister for information. The nexus between state identity and religion is always a dangerous link. When citizens are massacred and abused on the status of their religious identity, then the slide into bestiality is no longer

NORTH WAZIRISTAN IS THE FINAL FRONTIER


Times of India June 13, 2010 NORTH WAZIRISTAN IS THE FINAL FRONTIER Sherry Rehman, TNN,Jun 13, 2010, 05.34am IST  There is a saying in Pakistan that if you can’t defeat your enemy, befriend him. This is particularly true in the tribal areas that border Afghanistan, where, in six agencies, there’s an unprecedented military offensive

REINVENTING DIALOGUE


Dawn May 17, 2010 Reinventing dialogue By Sherry Rehman JULY 15 is a good time for India and Pakistan to resume dialogue. The South Asian monsoon obliterates all conceits of human agency to one boundary-less blitzkrieg. Yet miracles are not in the pipeline. While there is a late, but useful awareness in New Delhi that

A CHOICE FOR CHANGE


Times of India March 6, 2010 A Choice For Change Sherry Rehman As the secretary-level talks betweenIndiaandPakistanwound down to a brusque finish, headlines all over the world scrambled to draw a red line between success and failure. The Indian prime minister’s remarks inRiyadhbrought some emollient to a crusty diplomatic stand-off, while the terrorism precondition still

FREE THE PRISONERS OF GENDER


Times of India Mar 23, 2010 Free The Prisoners Of Gender Sherry Rehman, Two steps forward, and one step backwards. This is how the meander of progress is measured for women’s empowerment inSouth Asia. In countries likePakistan, where women’s identities are in a constant state of stressful negotiation with society, the passage of a law

PEACE NEEDS WORKING ON


Times of India May 17, 2010 PEACE NEEDS WORKING ON  Sherry Rehman,May 17, 2010, 12.00am IST The Indian leadership is brave to want peace, but expect no miracles from the mid-July resumption of dialogue between Indiaand Pakistan. Because after the Mumbai massacre, the notion of peace with Pakistan runs counter to the new muscular nationalism

WOMEN AND POWER


DAWN  MARCH 8, 2010 Women and power By Sherry Rehman INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is always a day for stock-taking, especially in countries where women’s identities are in a constant state of stressful negotiation with society. If empowerment is seen as the ability to make choices in an environment where it was not previously possible, Pakistan

CAN INDO-PAK TALKS AFFORD TO FAIL?


Can Indo-Pak talks afford to fail? Sherry Rehman As the Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan wound down to an unceremonious finish, headlines all over the world scrambled to draw a red line between success or failure. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks in Riyadh brought some emollient to a crusty diplomatic standoff, while the

GIVE DIALOGUE A CHANCE


THE NEWS Give dialogue a chance  15th Feb, 2010 By Sherry Rehman Resuming dialogue is always weighed down by anxiety about outcomes. But India and Pakistan need not worry. Nobody realistically expects too much out of tentative renewals. Yet, just the mere return of dialogue signals recognition from both parties that ritual has its uses.

GOJRA AND PAKISTAN’S IDENTITY


The News August 13, 2009   Gojra and Pakistan’s identity By Sherry Rehman   Gojra has exposed fundamental fissures in the crafting of a national identity inPakistan. We all now know that large mobs of ordinary Pakistanis, with police impunity, went on a rampage of communalist frenzy to kill eight people and injure many more.