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Musharraf, a forgotten man in Pakistan politics

Musharraf’s time in power is filled with major incidents, which are criticised by many as the worst possible blunders, brunt of which is still being suffered by the country at large, report by Hamza Ameer

Former dictator, President and military ruler of Pakistan General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf breathed his last in Dubai after being critically ill for about two years.

Musharraf, 79, was in Dubai since 2006. He was suffering with amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by an abnormal development of protein called amyloid in organs and tissues of the whole body. The increasing development of amyloid tissues made it difficult for the organs and tissues to work properly, which became the reason for Musharraf’s extended illness and death.

Musharraf’s illness was revealed in 2018 when his political party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) said that he was suffering from the rare disease.

Musharraf’s death is being condoled by political and military quarters as despite his departure from Pakistan and re-settlement in Dubai, he enjoyed close support from the military leadership of Pakistan.

“May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family,” said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on behalf of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and Services Chiefs in their heartfelt condolences.

Musharraf’s time in power as military chief, a military dictator and later a politician is filled with major incidents, which are criticised by many as the worst possible blunders, brunt of which is still being suffered by the country at large.

Former Pakistan military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.(photo:Twitter/@P_Musharraf)

Musharraf’s time of dictatorship is criticised for not only attracting political embarrassment for Pakistan due to the Kargil operation; but also the Lal Mosque operation which became the trigger point for a reactionary offensive by terrorists on Pakistan after Musharraf made the country an ally to the US-led war on terror.

Musharraf had several cases against him being heard in the Pakistani courts including that of treason, after he imposed a martial law by ousting the then sitting premier Nawaz Sharif in 1999. This happened after Nawaz Sharif tried to dismiss Musharraf as the army chief, having appointed him above more senior officers just the year before.

Musharraf was declared as an absconder as he refused to appear before the Pakistani courts in various cases against him. Musharraf was also someone who used to showcase the Kargil operation as a feather in his cap whenever he would be addressing the India-Pakistan relations.

Musharraf was also among those who had given a four-point solution to the India-Pakistan dispute on Kashmir, which analysts say was on the verge of being finalised. But because Musharraf’s government ended, that major understanding did not materialise.

Musharraf had always remained on the target hit list of terrorists as he narrowly escaped at least three assassination attempts on his life by terrorists. His tenure from 2001 to 2008 was ruled under the backdrop of 9/11 terror attacks on the US, which led to the initiation of military operation by the US against terrorists in Afghanistan.

As per details, Musharraf’s body will be brought back to Pakistan on Monday. A special chartered plane will leave from the Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi for Dubai and will bring the body of Musharraf back to Pakistan.

Former Pakistan military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.(photo:Twitter/@P_Musharraf)

The era of misadventures

Musharraf’s tenure in power can he highlighted in many misadventures:

1999 Military Coup: On October 12, 1999, troops of Pakistan army took over the Prime Minster house in Islamabad after Nawaz Sharif prevented Musharraf’s plane from landing at Karachi airport upon his arrival back from Sri Lanka. Musharraf got aware of the situation and declared a state of emergency in the country, suspending the Constitution assuming the role as the chief executive. It was seen as a bloodless coup as no organised protests were witnessed against the coup. Musharraf later became the President of Pakistan, retaining his position as the army chief as well.

The 9/11 impact and Pakistan’s allegiance: After the US announced an all out war against terrorists, announcing its military offensive in Afghanistan against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban; Musharraf agreed to become an ally to Washington in the war, which may be widely criticised but was openly defended by Musharraf on various occasions. Pakistan has started to get financial assistance from the US in the form of a Coalition Support Fund (CSF) to be used to fight against terror groups and elements on Pakistan soil and along the Pak-Afghan border. Along with it, Pakistan also started getting a considerable amount in the form of foreign exchange from the US, which also supported Musharraf’s regime to initiate various development-level initiatives.

However, the financial assistance of CSF from the US came with a set of demands to Pakistan, which included an operation at the Lal mosque, facilitation to NATO forces to fly their drones and planes from Pakistani airbases, permission to carry out drone strikes by using Pakistani airspace and targeting suspected terror installations inside Pakistan and to carry out military offensives anywhere and everywhere the US demanded on Pakistani soil.

The Lal Mosque operation, which many believe became the boiling point of a major surge in terrorist offensive, suicide bombings and attacks on Pakistani security forces and the local at large, was one of the biggest misadventure undertaken by Musharraf on the directions of the US.

Moreover, the Dera Bugti operation is also widely criticised by all of being forced into action despite offers for peace talks by the Bugti tribe leaders. Again, it was stated that the operation was done on the directives of the US.

Musharraf’s power stunt by penetrating and occupying high position in Kargil are also something that he claimed to be his success story, but was widely consumed as another misadventure, that later brought political embarrassment to the country.

It was also reported that Musharraf, after the Kargil operation retreat, was pressurised by the US to not only call back his troops but also to take a step forward and extend a peace and friendship message towards India. It was because of the same pressure that Musharraf did that famous handshake with the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the SAARC conference in Sri Lanka.

The Musharraf legacy will certainly be written in bitter and sweet memory and as someone, who was strong-headed enough to commit misadventures of such grave intensity that they could trigger a nuclear war between India and Pakistan.

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Pervez Musharraf: Architect of Kargil War

Musharraf remained the longest-serving president of Pakistan as he took after taking over the country’s reins…reports Asian Lite News

Former Pakistan President and military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, who had been living in Dubai since 2016, breathed his last on Sunday, local media reported.

The 79-year-old former chief of army staff was suffering from amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body, according to his family. The build-up of amyloid proteins (deposits) can make it difficult for the organs and tissues to work properly.

Musharraf assumed the post of Chief Executive after imposing martial law in the country in 1999 and served as the president of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008, The Express Tribune reported.

The former president’s family moved from New Delhi to Karachi in 1947. He joined the Pakistan Army in 1964 and was a graduate of the Army Staff and Command College, Quetta.

The military ruler also took part in the 1965 and 1971 wars, Geo News reported.

He was promoted to the rank of general in 1998 and took over as the chief of army staff (COAS). A year later on October 12, 1999, Gen (retd) Musharraf usurped power in a coup d’etat.

NSC Pre-Brief. Meeting with the President of Pakistan. Oval. Pic credits Wikipedia

Musharraf remained the longest-serving president of Pakistan as he took after taking over the country’s reins. He was elected as the president through a referendum in 2002 and remained in office till 2008, Geo News reported.

During his tenure, the military leader accepted the US proposal for Pakistan to become a frontline ally after the 9/11 incident.

Later in 2004, he was elected as a president in uniform for five year via 17th Amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan.

Musharraf is also known for anti-constitutional measures to depose the judges of Supreme Court in November 2007, which marked the beginning of Lawyers’ Movement – also known as the Movement for the Restoration of Judiciary, Geo News reported.

Following a movement led by the political parties, Musharraf resigned as the president on August 18, 2008.

Former Pakistan military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.(photo:Twitter/@P_Musharraf)

The former military ruler was sentenced to death by a special court on December 17, 2019, under Article 6 of the Constitution. A case of high treason was filed against him during Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) tenure.

Musharraf was present in the court on March 31, 2016, when he was indicted on the charges.

Later, he flew out of the country due to his illness, Geo News reported.

Reacting to the news, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Sahir Shamshad, and tri-services chiefs expressed heartfelt condolences on the former army chief’s demise.

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Vani Jayaram, voice behind 10K songs, no more

One of the immortal voices of the South Indian film industry, Vani Jayaram rendered songs in 19 languages.

Days after her fans celebrated the President conferring the Padma Bhushan on noted singer Vani Jayaram, she passed away at her home in Chennai.

She was 78 years old. The cause of her death is not yet known.

One of the immortal voices of the South Indian film industry, Vani Jayaram rendered songs in 19 languages. She was living at her Haddows Road home in Chennai. Her husband Jayaram passed away in 2018. Since then, she had been living alone.

Vani Jayaram won three National Awards and sang more than 10,000 songs in 19 languages, including in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Gujarati, Odia, Marathi, Haryanvi, Assamese, Tulu and Bengali. She had won state government awards from Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh.

Born at Kalaivani in Vellore to a traditional Tamil Iyengar family of classical musicians, Jayaram was initiated into the world of music by Ranga Ramanuja Iyengar and later, Kadalur Srinivasa Iyengar, T.R. Balasubramanian, and R.S. Mani.

She was employed at the State Bank of India and she quit the job after she started training for Hindustani music under Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan of the Patiala Gharana. Jayaram was regarded as one of the very few South Indian singers who had an in-depth knowledge in Hindustani classical music and was at ease in belting out Hindi, Gujarati and Haryanvi songs.

Her first music album was a duet with Kumar Gandharva composed by Vasant Desai.

A highly accomplished musician, Vani Jayaram was at ease with old music directors as well as the new generation. She was a favourite for both Ilaiyaraaja and A.R. Rahman.

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Pakistan-born Scottish inventor of Chicken Tikka Masala dies at 77

In a widely quoted interview, Aslam was reported to have said that he created the dish in the 1970s in response to a customer’s complaint that his chicken tikka was too dry…reports Asian Lite News

Twenty-one years after the UK’s then foreign secretary Robin Cook declared Chicken Tikka Masala, popularly known by its initials CTM, as “a true British national dish”, and a decade after a survey found that it was the second most popular dish in Britain close on the heels of Chinese stir fries, its inventor, a Glaswegian of Pakistani origin, Ali Ahmed Aslam, has passed on.

Famous as just ‘Mr Ali’, Aslam died aged 77 and is survived by five children — and the Shish Mahal in Glasgow’s West End, which he opened as a young boy in 1964. His funeral attended by family and friends was held at the Glasgow Central Mosque on Tuesday, December 22.

Aslam’s death was announced on Facebook by the restaurant in a post that read: “RIP MR ALI … Hey Shish Snobs … Mr Ali passed away this morning … We are all absolutely devastated and heartbroken.” The usually dapper restaurateur is shown in the kitchen sporting a T-shirt that read: ‘Eat Sleep Shish Repeat’.

In a widely quoted interview, Aslam was reported to have said that he created the dish in the 1970s in response to a customer’s complaint that his chicken tikka was too dry.

Aslam had said, according to ‘The Guardian’, quoting the interview: “We thought we’d better cook the chicken with some sauce. So from here we cooked chicken tikka with a sauce that contains yoghurt, cream and spices. It’s a dish prepared according to our customers’ taste. Usually they don’t take hot curry – that’s why we cook it with yoghurt and cream.”

One unverified version of the story is that the restaurant simply dunked chicken tikka pieces in a base of canned tomato soup and fresh cream, and created Chicken Tikka Masala.

Aslam’s version of the CTM story is challenged by Monish Gujral, grandson of Kundan Lal Gujral, one of three co-founders of Delhi’s iconic Moti Mahal restaurant. Gujral contends that CTM is not any different from the Murgh Makhni – Butter Chicken – that Moti Mahal is most famous for.

In 2009, according to ‘The Guardian’, Mohammad Sarwar, the then Labour MP for Glasgow Central who returned to Pakistan and joined Imran Khan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf party, had called for the city to be officially recognised as the home of the chicken tikka masala.

He campaigned for Glasgow to be given EU Protected Designation of Origin status for the curry and tabled a motion to that effect in the House of Commons. But the bid was unsuccessful, ‘The Guardian’ reports, “with a number of other establishments around the UK also claiming to have invented the popular dish”.

Sarwar went on to become a Pakistani Senator and served two terms as the Governor of the Punjab province. His son, Anas Sarwar, is the leader of the Scottish Labour Party and a Member of the Scottish Parliament.

CTM may not have got the EU stamp, but Robin Cook’s tribute to it still holds good: “Chicken tikka masala is a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences. Chicken tikka is an Indian dish. The masala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of British people to have their meat served in gravy.”

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Ivana Trump dies at 73

“She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life, Trump said…reports Asian Lite News

Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of former US President Donald Trump passed away on Thursday.

She, 73, was found dead at her home at 10 E. 64th St. in Manhattan at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, The New York Post reported citing police sources.

As per the sources, she suffered cardiac arrest and was dead by the time paramedics arrived.

Ivana Trump is the mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump.

“Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and a caring mother and friend,” Eric Trump said in a statement announcing her death.

“She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren,” he added.

“I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City,” the former president wrote on Truth Social, his social media platform.

“She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life, Trump said.

Ivana Trump told Vanity Fair in 1988 that “Donald calls me his twin as a woman” and often referred to the former president as “The Donald.”

Following the couple’s divorce, she told Oprah Winfrey in a 1992 interview that “I will not let men dominate me anymore,” New York Post reported.

She later went on to marry twice after Donald Trump. First to Italian businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli in 1995, whom she divorced two years later, and again in Rossano Rubicondi in 2008.

Rubicondi, an Italian model and actor, was more than 20 years her junior, as per the reports by New York Post.

The couple was married at Mar-A-Lago in a wedding hosted by the former president and Ivanka served as the maid of honour. They divorced a year later. (ANI)

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Actor Prathap Pothen passes away

He married actress Radhika in 1985, which lasted a year, and later he married a corporate professional. The couple has a daughter who was present with him when he passed away at his flat in Chennai…reports Asian Lite News

Noted actor-director Prathap Pothen (69), who was known as one of the first proponents of hippie culture in the Malayalam film industry, passed away in his sleep at his flat in Chennai on Friday morning.

In a career spanning four decades, Pothen acted in over 100 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telegu and Hindi. He also directed a dozen films besides writing script and producing films.

Born to a leading business family in Thiruvananthapuram, Pothen studied in Lawrence School in Ooty. A started his professional career in the field of advertising as a copy writer.

In 1978, popular director Bharatan spotted him and cast in the Aaravam’. In the eighties, Pothen grabbed the spotlight with his work in some hit films like Chamaram’ and Thakara’, among many others.

The one distinctive characteristic of Pothen was that he never fitted into the mainstream of the film industry. He always stayed aloof from the routine Malayalam film industry culture.

He married actress Radhika in 1985, which lasted a year, and later he married a corporate professional. The couple has a daughter who was present with him when he passed away at his flat in Chennai.

Condoling the death of Pothen, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “He will always be remembered for his style and the way he carried his way forward in the industry. Even when in the years he remained aloof from the industry, he was always remembered for his performance and now that he has passed away, his name will always be etched in the memory of all.”

Pothen’s brother Hari Pothen was a popular producer who passed away in the mid-nineties.

According to industry sources, the last rites would be performed in Chennai on Saturday.

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Eminent journalist V P Ramachandran passes away

Besides he has worked with Associated Press (AP) and United News of India (UNI). He was the Consulting Editor of Asian Lite International…reports Asian Lite News

Veteran journalist VP Ramachandran passed away at Kakkanad in Kerala on Wednesday. He was 98. Ramachandran, who reported big news events for agencies Press Trust of India (PTI) and United News of India (UNI) from 1950 to 1970s, had been bedridden due to age-related ailments. He also served as the editor of Mathrubhumi. He is popularly known as VPR.

Vettathu Puthenveettil Ramachandran’s life had been one incredible journey. He moved to Delhi at the age of 18. He later served as an army clerk in Pune before becoming a journalist. As Lahore correspondent of PTI, VPR was the first to tell the outside world about martial law following a coup in Pakistan by its Army Chief General Ayub Khan in 1958. He also covered the India-China war of 1962.

He joined UNI in 1964 and his coverage of the Emergency reportedly antagonised the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. After returning to Kerala, he served a brief while as Mathrubhumi editor, before taking up the role as course director at the Kerala Press Academy before becoming its chairman for two terms.

He was one among the former editors of Mathrubhumi daily and served in Lahore as international correspondent of news agency Press Trust of India. Besides he has worked with Associated Press (AP) and United News of India (UNI). He was the Consulting Editor of Asian Lite International.

VPR started his career as a typist. After the completion of matriculation, he learned shorthand typewriting and joined as Lower Division Clerk in Military accounts. It was in 1949 he started his journalist life by joining as a reporter. He was in Delhi for many years and could travel abroad as part of the profession. In 1964 he joined UNI as bureau chief and later became its deputy GM.

His reports were models for excellent journalism and he is the man who pioneered development journalism in India. In 1984 he left Mathrubhumi and joined as Media Academy Chairman in 1988.
His incredible journey as a journalist included covering historic events like India-China war of 1962, Emergency among other issues. He was honoured with the prestigious Swadeshabhimani-Kesari award by Kerala government. Wife Gouri had predeceased VPR. He is survived by daughter Lekha Chandrasekhar.

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Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passes away

Mamata Banerjee said the maestro’s death had impoverished our cultural world…reports Asian Lite News

Santoor maestro and music composer, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, passed away after a cardiac arrest at the age of 84 in Mumbai on Tuesday, May 10. He had been suffering from kidney-related ailments for the last six months and was on dialysis.

The Jammu-born musician, who elevated the santoor, once a little-known musical instrument from Jammu and Kashmir, to its present exalted global status, will also be remembered for the music he composed with the flute legend, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, for films such as ‘Silsila’, ‘Lamhe’, ‘Chandni’ and ‘Darr’.

He is survived by wife Manorama and two sons, one of whom, Rahul Sharma, is also an accomplished santoor player.

Modi, Mamata mourn Sharma’s death

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have mourned the death of santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, who passed away aged 84 after a cardiac arrest here on May 10.

“Our cultural world is poorer with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi.

“He popularised the santoor at a global level. His music will continue to enthral the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

Mamata Banerjee said the maestro’s death had impoverished our cultural world.

She said: “Sad to know about the demise of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, eminent Santoor player and internationally celebrated Indian music composer. His departure impoverishes our cultural world. My deepest condolences.”

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas wrote: “We have lost a gem today. Padma Vibhushan Shri Shiv Kumar Sharma ji Santoor virtuoso. A big loss to Indian classical music. May his soul rest in eternal peace Om Shanti.”

Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan said Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s passing marked the end of an era.

“He was the pioneer of santoor and his contribution is unparalleled,” the ustad tweeted.

“For me, it’s a personal loss and I will miss him no end. May his soul rest in peace. His music lives on forever! Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Iconic film music

The human tendency for arbitrary distinctions is immense, especially the sphere of culture. Take music, and its Indian tradition — why must we divide it into “classical” and “popular” (usually its film manifestation), when both use the same principles, the same scales, and the same instruments?

Or, in more concrete terms, some of the most famous exponents of the classical school are behind some of the most foot-tapping music of Bollywood — Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, for one.

The ace santoor player, who passed away on Tuesday (May 10), and flautist Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia had formed an abiding partnership, that, apart from their path-breaking ventures in their original field, fuelled a some of Bollywood’s biggest musical hits — from “Dekha ek khwab to silsile huye” to “O meri Chandni”, to “Jadu teri nazar” — in Yash Chopra productions.

Following the tradition of successful musical partnerships that began in Bollywood with Husnlal-Bhagatram, and which reached a pinnacle with Shankar-Jaikishan, and continued with Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, and so on, Shiv-Hari, as they called themselves for this role, crafted music for eight films, four of which earned them Filmfare nominations for Best Music Director, though they were unlucky not to win even once.

They hit the big time right with their first venture — “Silsila” (1981), which earned them their first Filmfare nomination.

In this tale of love sacrificed, betrayed, and redeemed, the duo crafted some enchanting melodies — that ably complemented the stirring lyrics for a range of emotions — courtesy of Javed Akhtar, Hasan Kamaal, and Pandit Harivansh Rai Bachchan, rendered magnificently by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar — and Amitabh Bachchan’s remarkable baritone too.

Be it the stirrings of love, engendered and reciprocated, in “Pahli-pahli baar dekha aisa jalva”, the mandatory ladies sangeet-inspired “Sar se sarke sarke chunariya”, the sombre “Neela aasmaan so gaya”, the haunting “Main aur meri tanhai/Yeh kahan aa gaye hain hum”, that quintessential Holi anthem “Rang barse bheegi chunariya re”, and the understated elegance of the romantic “Dekha ek khwab”, Shiv-Hari proved they had what it takes to deal with the complex potpourri of emotions and situations a Hindi film rolls out.

“Faasle” (1985), their second outing, bombed at the box office, and was savaged by critics for its poor story and pace. The only saving grace of an otherwise forgettable film was their music and the songs, penned by the redoubtable Shahryar, that still evoke some faint recollection among Hindi film music buffs.

“Vijay” (1988), despite its ensemble cast and Switzerland song settings, also did not make much waves though Shiv-Hari’s music was a redeeming factor as always.

It was “Chandni” (1989), however, that brought the duo — and romantic film music — back to topping the charts. Even now that effusive and unrestrained “Rang bhare baadal se” by Jolly Mukherji to the full-throated “Chandni, o meri Chandni” serves as a parameter of love at its most expressive.

The other songs also proved that the duo had lost none of their virtuosity — the playful wedding songs: “Mere haathon mein nau-nau chuudiyan” and “Main sasural nahi jaaungi”; the folkish “Tere mere honton pe”; and the sensual “Lagi aaj sawan ki”, among others.

They kept up their magic with “Lamhe”, where the rich cadences of the Rajasthani folk music tradition imbue their music, given the film’s setting. This can be seen most in “Mhaare Rajasthan ma”, and more memorably in “Morni baga ma bole” and “Megha re megha ee”.

They also weave rich rhythmic strains in “Yeh lamhe yeh pal” (both happy and sad versions, rendered superlatively by Hariharan), “Mohe Chhedo Naa” and “Yaad Nahin Bhool Gaya”.

1993 was the swan song year for the duo — with three releases: “Parampara”, “Sahibaan”, and “Darr” — but it was the last that stood out with its tale of a psychotic stalker, played by Shah Rukh Khan.

Right from the “Jaadu teri nazar”, with Udit Narayan at his most expansive, voice-wise, that is, to the “Tu mere saamne”, the slightly risque “Darwaza band karlo”, Yash Chopra’s obligatory Punjabi-inspired “Ishq da bura rog”, and the equally obligatory Holi number “Ang se ang lagana”, they proved that the duo could generate the strains to sway a new generation.

Sadly, this was their last outing in Bollywood — and now with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s demise, there is no prospect of any more — at least in this world.

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Industrialist Lord Swraj Paul’s wife passes away

After the child died, the Pauls settled in the British capital and Lord Paul launched several successful business ventures, including Caparo Steel…reports Asian Lite News

Lady Aruna Paul, the wife of Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone, passed away peacefully at her London house on May 3 night. She was 86. The couple was married for 65 years.

Apart from her husband, she is survived by two sons, Akash and Ambar, and daughter Anjli.

Aruna Paul was born in Kolkata and taught at the Loreto House school in the city before she came to London with her husband for their daughter Ambika’s medical treatment in the late 1960s.

After the child died, the Pauls settled in the British capital and Lord Paul launched several successful business ventures, including Caparo Steel.

Aruna Paul was a popular figure in the social circles of London, for being an articulate and engaging conversationist. She was a friend of late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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Veteran Malayalam scriptwriter John Paul dies at 72

Best known for the screenplays of classic movies like Chamaram, Palangal and Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam

Veteran screenwriter John Paul Puthussery, who penned screenplay for around 100 films, many of them evergreen classics in Malayalam, died at a private hospital in Kochi on Saturday.

He was 72 and was under treatment for various diseases for some time. Puthussery had been under critical medical care for the last two months after his condition got worse, news agency PTI reported citing industry sources.

Best known for the screenplays of classic movies like Chamaram, Palangal and Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam, all directed by the legendary Bharathan and Balu Mahendra-directed Yatra, Puthussery was a genius who showcased rare skills to write all sorts of movies including action thrillers, dramas, entertainers and even comedy.

He also succeeded in erasing the boundaries of the class and mass movies and penned screenplays for both critically acclaimed movies and commercial entertainers.

Some of John Paul’s best known works include ‘Chamaram’, ‘Yathra’, ‘Kattathe Kilikkoodu’ and ‘Chamayam’. The gifted writer had also acted in some movies including the Manju Warrier-starrer ‘C/o Saira Banu’ and the Mammootty-starrer ‘Gangster’.

Kunchacko Boban pens emotional tribute

Malayalam actor Kunchacko Boban joined scores of Malayalam film and literature lovers in paying tribute to well-known Malayalam screenwriter John Paul who passed away at a private hospital in Kochi on Saturday.

Taking to Instagram, Kunchacko Boban penned a touching tribute to the late screenwriter , who had been keeping unwell for some time.

Lovingly addressing the great writer as his uncle, Boban said the man had given birth to so many soul-touching movies and added that the writer had remained in the hearts of everyone that he had met.

Pointing out that John Paul had an unparalleled command over language and literature, Boban said, “There were so many instances when I could feel the warmth and love that you had for the Udaya family, especially for my Appan.”

Calling Paul “the big man who had a much, much bigger heart for the people around him,” Boban said that people could feel his love even when he was not around them.

“Your voice and words will be sorely missed but your creations will speak volumes for what you have done for the film fraternity and literature!!

“Nedumudi Venu Chettan, Lalitha Chechi and now, John Paul uncle… Recent times have seen big losses for the Malayalam Film fraternity and on a more personal aspect, for me and my family. Hope you all rekindle your friendship in heaven,” he said.

Some of John Paul’s best known works include ‘Chamaram’, ‘Yathra’, ‘Kattathe Kilikkoodu’ and ‘Chamayam’. The gifted writer had also acted in some movies including the Manju Warrier-starrer ‘C/o Saira Banu’ and the Mammootty-starrer ‘Gangster’.