The inaugural issue of ThirdFront: Journal of Humanities and Social Science is out. The first chapter from The Pity of Partition: Manto's Life, Times, and Work across the India-Pakistan Divide by Ayesha Jalal. Scientists and an atomic subcontinent: In India and Pakistan, leaders have rarely weighed the consequences of their actions — instead, they have simply reacted to events and circumstances. Ahmed Rashid on Pakistan: A new beginning? Blasphemy, free speech, and rationalism: An interview with Sanal Edamaruku. Rafia Zakaria on the real Pakistan: It would seem that the sorrows of the subcontinent are neatly divided into two — on one side lie the shroud-covered bodies of terror’s victims. Rohit Chopra reviews Citizenship and its Discontents: An Indian History by Niraja Gopal Jayal. Haris Anwar on how Pakistanis want their trashy TV, too.

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