be in danger, but Sikhs are special in Pakistan
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
of the tiny lamp at the Taj
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
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.
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.