Author: Sobia Abdin

23 Year Old Deaf And Mute Girl Geeta Returned To India From Pakistan After 15 Years

A real story corresponding to that of the hit Bollywood movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan, started doing rounds on national print and electronic media this summer. The story was of Geeta, a 23 year old deaf and mute Indian girl who had been living in Pakistan for the past 15 years. Geeta is believed to have mistakenly strayed into Pakistan at the age of seven, after being lost in a fair in Ludhiana which shares border with Pakistan. In Pakistan, she was found by the Karachi based charity, Edhi Foundation in Lahore about 15 years ago, a bewildered little girl of seven, crying, alone in a...

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The Dadri Incident: An Aftermath of Discord and Harmony

Few happenings have the momentum to shake the society to its very core, to disrupt the harmonious co-existence of its population and create havoc and discord. The Dadri incident of 28th September is one such incident. The tragedy of the murder of Akhlaq and his son Danish sent shock waves across the nation, presenting a horrific picture of the growing communal animosity. As I talked of the questions that the incidents arose in my last article, the nation seems to answer them. The immediate consequence of the Dadri incident was a political chaos which ranged from a blame game between the BJP government in the...

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Angela Merkel Visits India – Digitizing Tomorrow Together

PM Narendra Modi welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to India with a Namaste tweet on the 4th of October. The Chancellor’s following three days in India for the 3rd Intergovernmental Consultations underlined new diplomatic definitions to Germany’s 500 years old trade relations with India. The Chancellor was accompanied by a delegation of four cabinet ministers in her first visit to India since the Modi government came to power, six months after PM Modi’s visit to Germany in April where the two leaders jointly inaugurated the Hannover Fair and discussed Germany’s investment in the ‘Make in India’ campaign. Talks between the two leaders aimed at the deepening...

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The Murder of Akhlaq Over Beef – The Questions That Await Answers

Four days before the observance of Gandhi Jayanti – an anniversary that celebrates the birth of a man who believed in the cause of non-violence and communal harmony, an act that defies every inch of the Mahatma’s teachings soured the day of his remembrance. It is ironic how a national festival be preceded by the utmost barbaric and odious crime that shook the democratic and secular roots of our Republic. The heinous manner of the murder of a defenseless fifty years old man, Mohammad Akhlaq by a mob of a hundred men and the assault on his family, including his 70 years old mother has left...

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