Saturday, April 12, 2003

Maryada may be in danger, but Sikhs are special in Pakistan
Varinder Walia

THE numerical strength of the Sikhs in Pakistan is almost insignificant. Less than 50,000 of them are spread over East Punjab, Peshawar and other parts of the country. Owing to the unfavourable state policies of Pakistan towards minorities, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians barely get absorbed in government jobs. As a result, literacy among Pakistani Sikhs and Hindus is extremely low. Most of the Sikhs, who are engaged in petty trade, do not send their children to schools.

Sham Singh, co-chairman of the PSGPC, hugs an Indian Sikh at the  Wagha checkpost. --- Photo Rajiv Sharma

Tale of the tiny lamp at the Taj
Prakash khare
NSIDE the Taj, just above the false cenotaphs of the royal lovers in the upper mausoleum hangs a small bronze lamp. Only a few pay it any special attention and fewer still know the romantic tale behind this tiny lamp. It was a gift from Lord Curzon, a former Viceroy of India.

Death is a fundamental change
Hardit Singh
T a young age, Punjabi litterateur Bhai Vir Singh had a dream that he had gone into the next world. Bhai Vir Singh felt he was immersed in a burning fire, but while the flames enveloped his body, he himself was lifted skywards, pure and cleansed. He cried out, "God, what is this?" An inner voice replied, "It is the state of ultimate bliss.

Married to the medium
HAT brings this couple together is a love of a different kind, a love for cinema. And between them they exhaust all the possibilities the medium has to offer. For Suhasini and Mani Ratnam, films are home.



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    by Aditi Tandon

  • AUDIOSCAN: Assortment of kaafis
    by ASC

  • TAKING NOTEAdopt the attitude of being positive
    by Rajesh Chadha

  • FASHIONGet clear about crystals
    by Sheena Gilhotra

    by Sunil Sharma

  • THIS ABOVE ALLVillain of yesteryear becomes a hero
    by Khushwant Singh

  • MAILBOXNo matter what, applause is what they got