AQK stole credit from colleagues and ran a global illegal nuclear proliferation network

Abdul Qadeer Khan (1936-2021) (Photo: Reuters) ABDUL QADEER KHAN, who died on October 10th in Islamabad, was born on April Fool’s Day in 1936 in undivided India’s Bhopal. He was nobody’s fool though. Rather, he fooled others in the scientific firmament to steal overseas nuclear technology to catapult Pakistan to nuclear-power status. He was forever trying … Continue reading AQK stole credit from colleagues and ran a global illegal nuclear proliferation network

The Compassion of Abdul Jabbar

The first and the last time I met Abdul Jabbar was at his home off Itwari Road in the old part of Bhopal where we had an invigorating chat. What still strikes about this internationally acclaimed, yet nationally unsung social activist is his forlorn look, occasional guffaws, his solemn tone and the brutal sincerity of … Continue reading The Compassion of Abdul Jabbar

Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018): The Beloved

On a deserted street outside Ahdoos Hotel in curfew-bound Srinagar on that distant afternoon of August 2016 from where I was heading towards Press Enclave, an elderly gentleman in a skullcap approached me, almost blocking my way, and began to talk animatedly in Hindi and English. He didn’t introduce himself, but I didn’t panic because … Continue reading Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018): The Beloved