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THE RETURN OF KOH-I-NOOR DIAMOND. SHOULD WE DEMAND ITS RETURN?

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In March 1849, the minor Maharaja Duleep Singh was forced to sign a treaty in which he agreed to give up the throne of Punjab in favor of the queen of england. When the British entered the Lahore toshakhana they encountered treasures beyond their wildest imagination. A study of historical documents reveals the utter greed of British for the treasures…

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THE LAST PRINCESS OF LAHORE. THE SORROWFUL STORY OF PRINCESS BAMBA DULEEP SINGH (1869 – 1957)

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Post partition, every morning a weak old woman would board the Model Town bus service headed to the city. The conductor never asked her for money or he would invite the anger of the last Queen of Punjab. Princess Bamba Sutherland, the eldest daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh and grand-daughter of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was born on September 29, 1869,…

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THE LAHORE BOLLYWOOD CONNECTION

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Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan. Lahore is the heart of Pakistan. Lahore is torch bearer of arts and literature in Pakistan. How many times have we heard variations of such adages about Lahore. Perhaps so many times that we take such maxims for granted and mindlessly repeat them without really knowing what they mean. Like in other fields,…

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THE DANCING GIRLS AND THE HIRA MANDI

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Contrary to the meaning the term ‘dancing girl’ has come to acquire, its historical meaning is far from its current connotation. There are a three important terms that refer to such artisans or courtesans. These terms are: ‘tawaif’, ‘nautch’ and ‘kanjri’. Far from the connotation it has assumed, the word ‘tawaif’ is a word rich with emotional connotations. The term…

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