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August 2009

Monday, August 31 2009

Here are two words that don't often appear in the same sentence: nonviolent Pashtuns. For centuries, Pashtun tribes in Afghanistan and in India's northwest frontier were famed for their vendettas and feuds, for their bravery and treachery, for their unwillingness to accept outside rule. . . . Read More

Monday, August 31 2009

When Sindh and Multan were conquered by the Muslim army under the inspiring leadership of the young General Mohammad bin Qasim, in 711 A.D. this part of the South Asian Sub-Continent was still ruled by a Hindu Shahi dynasty. Subaktagin was the first Muslim ruler who crossed swords with Jaipal, a powerful ruler of the Hindu Shahi dynasty in 997. Later, the Muslims under the command of his illustrious son Mahmud of Ghazna invaded the sub-continent as many as seventeen times and fought fierce battles against Jaipal, his son Anandpal and other Hindu rulers . . . Read More

The Story of Pakhtuns, M. Ilyas Khan
Monday, August 31 2009

Peshawar, and by extension the entire North West Frontier Province (NWFP), offers a unique politico-cultural mix of the Persian and the Indian. According to H.A. Rose, an officer of the Indian Civil Services, the key to its history lies "in the recognition of the fact that the valley of Peshawar was always more closely connected politically with Eastern Iran . . . Read More

Monday, August 31 2009

Although the early flying enthusiasts were mainly the Americans, French, Germans, Dutch and the Englishmen, it is said that the first Indian, or perhaps Asian, to procure airplanes was the then young Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh who had a keen interest in aviation. . . . Read More