In South Asia, bravery has different meaning

Last month, the Pakistani government bestowed its third-highest civilian award on the writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif.

This, to put it mildly, was unexpected. It's as if Mr Donald Trump had decided to garland Ta-Nehisi Coates with the National Humanities Medal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2018, with the headline 'In South Asia, bravery has different meaning'. Print Edition | Subscribe