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While only God knows what lies in the future, I for one have faith in you because I have eaten your wheat. For this lasting peace to be established, how many countries will need to be removed from the face of the earth? That’s all I want to know. My niece who is at school wanted me to draw her a map of the world yesterday but I told her she would have to wait because I first had to talk to my Uncle (Sam) to find out the names of the countries that were going to survive.
—  Saadat Hasan Manto, ‘Letters to Uncle Sam’