An Interview with History

History is not a timeline and stories have a way of telling themselves, says Sarah Elahi, who researched partition narratives both as a history major in college and while working at the Citizen’s Archive of Pakistan
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Two Augusts ago, the Punjab censorship authorities committed an act of foolishness that provoked me to write an angry op-ed against them and won me an unexpected friend and additionally, a great deal of food for thought. They banned the airing of Hindu cartoons on Pakistani cable on the pretext of safeguarding our culture and religious values. Outraged, I wrote an article defending the right of all Pakistanis, particularly Hindus, to choose what they let their own children watch. Among other things, I discussed the rejection of our shared heritage with Indians as unhealthy and unrealistic.

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