Russia's human rights activist A researcher for the highly respected human rights organisation Memorial, Natalya Estemirova contributed to a Human Rights Watch report that accused Chechen government of burning more than two dozen homes in punitive attacks against the families of suspected rebels. Her determined efforts over the past decade ...
Exile returned to rise to power Nouri al-Maliki fled Iraq in 1979 to escape Saddam's henchmen, who he believed had orders to execute him. For the next 24 years, al-Maliki remained an exiled dissident, travelling between Jordan, Syria and Iran. He settled first in Amman and then Syria, where he formed the ...
Stories writer Punjabi literature around which Nadir Ali revolves writes poetry and fiction and attends gathering called the Sangeet. During his spell with Pakistan army where he rose to the position of colonel he witnessed with his own eyes the brutal debacle in 1971 in what was then East Pakistan and ...
One of Pakistan's most iconic musicians In his music career spanning 60 years Nisar Bazmi produced a number of instant hits and was responsible for the success of many star singers - Ahmed Rushdi's 'Kuchh loag rooth kar bhi', Noor Jehan's 'Abhi dhoond hi rahi thi', Runa Laila's 'Dil dhadke', Mehdi ...
President of Trinidad and Tobago Second president (1987-97) of Trinidad and Tobago, after its independence (1962), Noor Hassanali was the first Muslim and its first of Indian origin, who saw off a coup and calmed the islands' racial and religious tensions. The islands' racial and religious tensions have been simmering for ...
A feminist out to tackle Moroccan taboos. Nadia, daughter of Moroccan's main opposition leader, runs the women's section of al-adl wal-Ihsan (Justice and Charity), an association that is tolerated by the government although not allowed to operate as a political party. She condemns her country's government for ambivalent human rights ...
Bangladeshi women's activist Nasreen who was hit by a vehicle in Dhaka and died of her wound worked as director of the British charity, Action Aid, in Bangladesh. She focused her efforts on relieving poverty, championing the disabled, supporting communities affected by HIV/AIDS, and campaigning against injustices - worked ...
Indonesian scholar who was instrumental in persuading President Suharto to step down. In 1998, when Jakarta was rocked by anti-Suharto demonstrations Madjid visited the general at the presidential palace and told him it was time to leave - next day President Suharto announced his resignation. Soft-spoken but steadfast and known as ...
India's Sitar player Nishat Khan has been consistently brilliant, intensely innovative and shown formidable range - his tanns in Raah Hameer further showcase his range. For him, the sitar is both a lover to be treated gently and an adversary to be conquered, but respectfully. After the war in Bosnia, ...
Afghan pop star singer Nasrat had a large fan base in both his native country and its diaspora with his classical Afghan music in his repertoire with his pop songs. In 1981, at the height of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Parsa's family left for Pakistan and eventually India, where he ...