International Assignments

Censored in Pakistan Mail Today, February 8, 2011
The shadow of Salman Taseer’s assassination loomed large over the second Karachi Literature Festival, held in the city between February 5-6, with writers speaking on how self-censorship has become a way of life for them. “This is a very unsettled time in Pakistan, and we are heading towards more and more instability.  As long as I have friends and family here, I will have to exercise self-censorship,” said writer-farmer Daniyal Mueenuddin, whose 2008 collection of short stories was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Pak minister killed for liberal stand Mail Today, March 3, 2011 (with Badar Alam in Karachi)
Shahbaz Bhatti had seen it coming. Four months ago, Pakistan’s federal minister for minorities affairs, a Roman Catholic, recorded his farewell video message, asking it to be broadcast if he was killed.

Melbourne cops ignore racist angle Mail Today, January 2010
Here’s an attack in a Melbourne suburb that did not make the headlines in India – or in Australia. This past Christmas, a mob of young white men attacked a group of Indian students in Glenroy.

Australia plays up killing by Indians Mail Today, January 2010
An Indian couple has been arrested for the murder of Ranjodh Singh, a contract worker whose half-burnt body was fund in the New South Wales town of Griffith on December 29.

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