:::::::::::::::::: To the reverence of Word, which makes sacred the tip of a Pen :::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: لفظ کی حرمت کے نام ، جو نوک ِ قلم پر احرام بندھتا ہے :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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30 Days in Afghanistan – Dinner Conversations

I feel the room getting smaller, I want to find an excuse to leave. Why did I decide to show up? I’ve managed to stay away from all invitations since I got here, and now here I am in the middle of a dinner I’m dreading. I’d rather be at...

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Progeny – By Farzana Versey

“Let the minorities understand that their real safety lies in the goodwill of the majority”. (Words of wisdom at the recently-concluded RSS executive council meeting) Haven’t we had enough of this goodwill baloney? Who in friggin hell do they think they are? The prime minister of India can declare that...

beggars 0

A Nation of Beggars – By Murad Ali Baig

Perhaps someday India will find a leader who has the courage to proclaim “Ameeri badao” instead of “gareebi hatao” and let loose India’s gigantic potential. One is filled by a feeling of despair on returning to India after every visit to countries in South East Asia. The stench of unsanitary...

Where did Pakistan go wrong? 0

A Work In Progress – By F. Khan

The founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was blessed with an acute eye for property and in creating Pakistan, he put Pakistan at a crossroads of three regions; Central Asia, South Asia and West Asia. Jinnah put Pakistan in such a location that the future state would always be involved...

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Bangladesh: Democracy On The Move – By Fuad Chowdhury

A powerful and popular youth uprising in 1990, similar to the recent events in Egypt, Bangladesh achieved a democratic government from the President General Ershad, who had come to power after the assassination of President General Ziaur Rahman on 1981. General Ziaur Rhaman, had entered the political arena after the brutal killing of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father...

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Massacre of a Language – By Adil Najam

urdu alphabets Although our son is only five months old, like all new parents we tend to be overeager about ‘planning’ his future. One element of this ambitious but doomed enterprise was procuring an Urdu qaida (alphabet book) to make sure that he starts his education in his native tongue....

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Psychology of Suicide ’Bombers’ – By Khalid Sohail

Who are the people who get involved in “terrorist attacks”? Why would someone kill innocent civilians? What kind of personalities and philosophies do such people have? What kind of political climate produces ‘suicide bombers’? In the last few years there has been an increasing discussion and dialogue in the media about...

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The Argumentative Amartya? – By Farzana Versey

The tragedy of Amartya Sen is of being a non-hero, a Buddha without renunciation. There has been a great deal of flurry over his new book, ‘The Argumentative Indian’, a collection of essays discussing how democracy is linked to the country’s argumentative tradition. He has a propensity for creating imaginary...

uk-flag 0

Building Barriers in Britain – By Farouq Taj

The veil is driving a wedge between Muslims and their neighbours British Muslims have been at the receiving end of much criticism lately. Everyone seems to have joined in the ‘debate’ including journalists, radio talk show hosts and senior government ministers. The key trigger this time around was Aishah Azmi...

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Burqah, Secularism & Liberalism – By Raza Habib

They (orthodox Muslims) are ready to cry foul when something happens in France while being supportive of Taliban oppression in our side of the world. The recent ban imposed by France on Burqah (Full Veil) is generating a lot of reaction. The orthodox Muslims are expected to oppose it but...

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Bhuttos Never Die – By Dilawar Asghar

It was Zulfikar Bhutto who rebuilt this shattered Pakistan, who gave common man a voice. A green passport to a laborer so he or she can go to distant lands and provide much needed remittances and live with dignity. I have very clear memories of the day in 1979. Our...

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USA and Muslims

Muslim extremists generally dislike non-Muslims and they hate various people at local level, for example Chechens, Pakistanis and Arabs hate Russians, Indians and Israelis respectively. However, they all detest the USA and generally non-extremist Muslims also dislike or disagree with the USA. The recent attacks on poorest of the poor...