People have always responded to epidemics by spreading rumor and false information and portraying the disease as foreign and brought in with malicious intent.
Basharat Peer"The disease is foreign, it comes from outside, it is brought in with malicious intent. Rumors about the supposed identity of its original carriers are always the most pervasive and popular." Orhan Pamuk in @nytopinion on literature and epidemics.
For India’s new rulers, Muslim-majority Kashmir was the perfect place to announce the rise of India’s new muscular nationalism and unabashed majoritarianism.
Basharat Peer"The erasure of the residency rights in Kashmir has set the ball rolling for changing the demographic character of the state, the Indian version of the Israeli policy of settlements or what the Chinese have done in Tibet, says @HaseebDrabu in @nytopinion
The devastating impact of American sanctions has left many Iranians feeling they are already at war.
Basharat Peer" “Well, isn’t this already war?” he asked, without much rancor. It’s a question many Iranians ask themselves these days. " Iranian novelist Salar Abdoh writes from Tehran in @nytopinion
Both countries share responsibility for reducing Kashmir to a ruin and destroying generations of lives.
Basharat Peer"India and Pakistan.... share the responsibility for reducing Kashmir to a ruin and destroying generations of Kashmiri lives."--Been a while but had to write this for the paper @nytopinion@nytimes
Social media has been taken over by warmongers in the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Basharat PeerI and many other young Pakistanis have called upon our country to release the captured Indian pilot as a gesture of our commitment to peace, humanity and dignity. We cannot be a subcontinent of orphans. @fbhutto in @nytopinion@nytimes
The government’s effort to help Rohingya victims of wartime rape has lessons for the world.
Basharat PeerHow Bangladesh confronted mass sexual violence by Pakistani military during the 1971 war and started a safe abortion services program that continues today in the camps for the Rohingya @nytopinion@nytimes
The Indian governments and elites have ignored the deepening rural economic distress.
Basharat Peer"Successive governments have connived at and hastened the corporate hijacking of Indian agriculture, privileging the profits of a few over countless livelihoods." As farmers protest in Delhi, read this by @PSainath_org in @nytopinion earlier in the year
The “key men” of Shimla, who control the water flow to each neighborhood, were subjected to so much wrath during a drought that they were given police protection.
Basharat PeerSome 600 million Indians face high to extreme water scarcity conditions, with about 200,000 dying every year from inadequate access to safe water, according to the report. Terrifying @Abihabib report on India's water crisis