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Sailing between Karachi and Bombay

By Ajmal Kamal

I have a happy dream. Sometimes, when I am particularly distressed by the politics that carries on in our sorrowful subcontinent adding to its various peoples’ misery, I allow myself to be lost in this delicious dream. I imagine myself sailing to Cox’s Bazar.

The small, beautiful ship starts every Saturday from the newly commissioned port of Gwadar on the western Makran coast. It passes through Karachi and picks up most of its Pakistani and some foreign passengers from here. But I have made it a point to travel on the coastal highway to the starting point and when the ship touches Karachi, look at the city of my residence without getting down, as someone travelling in a passing vessel would. I have a long and fascinating journey before me: we’ll pass through many ports and stop at some of them:

Dwarka, Porbandar, Diu, Surat, Daman, Bombay, Ratnagiri, Panjim (Goa), Mangalore, Kozhikode (Calicut), Kochi (Cochin), Trivandrum, Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari), Pondicherry, Chennai (Madras), Vishakhapatanam, Puri, Patuakhali, Noakhali, Chittagong and our final destination: Cox’s Bazar. Since such a thing is on no one’s agenda, it is safe to predict that it is not likely to be launched for as far as we can look into the future. Which gives me all the freedom to add delectable details without a care for whether they are sensible and practical.

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‘Hindu Taliban’ Strikes Terror In Mangalore!

Mangalore: A fanatical Hindu right-wing group notorious for creating communa tensions and indulging in moral policing a la Taliban, has struck again in Karnataka, this time assaulting women at a bar in Mangallore. The activists of Sri Rama Sena entered the Amnesia Bar an Restaurant on Dr. Shivaram Karanth Road on Saturday evening and threatened the women sitting inside. The men, who took objection to women pushed them outside, many women falling to the ground while they were being driven out. .. The incident is an attempt to Talibanise India. There is no place for these kinds of acts in India as it is a  democracy, India’s Women and Child minister Renuka Chowdhury said, adding the BJP leaders should condemn the incident. The minister also said it was time for chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to the culprits.