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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The diary of a border crosser - rehan ansari

If a young Indian journalist were able to be an intern, trainee, or get a job at a Lahore, of Karachi paper, say like for a year in '92 when a new paper had come to Lahore, called the Frontier Post, edited by Khaled Ahmed with young writers, Beena Sarwar, Bilal Minto, Aamer Ahmed Khan, Sunny Razvi, Nadira Iqbal (now Lady Naipaul), Farjad Nabi, and among the old that were persuaded to write were I A Rehman, Intizar Hussain, Ahmed Bashir, you would have been around a serious amount of talent, imagination and bloody-minded idiosyncracy. Or of course that year one could have spent in Karachi at the Herald with the magnificent Sherry Rehman as your Editor. I have not taken any of these names in vain, and only those who can be invoked on google, the rest lie with the best memorie...

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Blogger Raza Rumi said...

Rehan Ansari has competently presented the changing contours of Pakistani society and its inherent dynamism - a free media and rising middle class are accelerating the emergence of a new Pakistan.

Hope someone is paying attention to this in India, not least the media that still has to shed its acquiescence to the bureaucratized worldview of the Indian establishment, and global constructs of Jihad, burqas and terror sold as journalism.

August 23, 2007 12:34 PM  

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