Democracy in recession?

On the surface, things could not appear to be better for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. With a majority in parliament, electoral rigging charges thrown…

Exile for me and others

Pakistan needs to remember those who wanted to but could not stay back Little did I know that a sojourn to recover from a…

Raza Rumi’s speech on one month of Peshawar School attack – Dupont Circle – Washington

Raza Rumi Talk in USIP After Peshawar- Domestic Security in Pakistan

Raza Rumi Talk in USIP After Peshawar- Domestic… by razarumi1 Raza Rumi Talk in USIP After Peshawar- Domestic… by razarumi1…

One year after: On the endangered freedoms in Pakistan

It has been a year as I wrote here since I was almost assassinated. I have already posted the tribute to Mustafa who died in the March…

Sabeen Mehmud: A voice of reason, pluralism and secularism

I have been quoted on different stories published on the murder of Sabeen Mahmud. A collection of these is being posted here. Pakistani rights…

Music: Tabla master Sandeep Das & Kayhan Kalhor

Tabla master Sandeep Das joins multiple Grammy nominee and co-founder of Masters of Persian Music Kayhan Kalhor following their March D.C. appearance with Silk…

Blasphemy Divide: Insults to Religion Remain a Capital Crime in Muslim Lands

Excerpt of My statements: The issue of blasphemy is about the political insecurity of the Muslims, and about the Muslim public reaction to the…

Reboot the narrative

My views incorporated in The Jinnah Institute’s new brief on the urgent policy interventions for 2015: Reboot the narrative. Pakistan needs a new narrative…

Blank Canvas

I am not a task To be accomplished In a timely fashion. Nor a note To be played For the melody. I’d rather be…

Counter Terrorism by Urdu Literature

I partiicpated in a VOA show with Ayesha Siddiqa and Wusatullah Khan hosted by Tabinda Naeem on language, literature and current trends. Raza Rumi…

A CORRIDOR TO A CLOSER SINO-PAKISTANI ALLIANCE?

Chinese influence in South and Central Asia is set to expand through the much-hyped China-Pakistan Economic Corridor just as the United States draws down…

Conspiracy Theories as ‘History’

Pakistan’s official historian in a book on education has to say this about 1971 tragedy when we lost half of our country. I don’t…

‘Hum Bhatak bhi Gaye au Kia Hoga’

After a long time, I attempted to write a poem. Here it is – pretty raw and unpolished. Will translate it later for readers…

The Rise of Religious Intolerance in Pakistan: Implications for Democratic Development and Human Rights

My talk at the National Endowment for Democracy on religious intolerance in Pakistan.   Raza Rumi on The Rise of Religious Intolerance… by razarumi1…

Kal bhi woh darte the

A few lines I wrote after Malala’s Nobel and some of the reactions of Pakistanis on social media (English translit. below) Ú©Ù„ بھی وہ…

Raza Rumi on Hospitality

A Tidings conversation about hospitality, friendship and loyalty with Raza Rumi, a Pakistani journalist, blogger, author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani…

Remembering Shahbaz Bhatti, an unsung hero of Pakistan

Fate connected me to Salma Peter John – the widow of Pakistan’s slain Christian Minister Shahbaz Bhatti who was assassinated by violent extremists. I…

The day I’m killed

Dr Az a fearless and sensitive soul – sent me this poem via email.ra Raza – Travel TicketsThe day I’m killed,my killer, rifling through my…

Yes We Lost Our Direction!

Inspired by this excellent story by Amna Khawar on Pakistan’s travel/tourism posters, I tweeted about the way we have taken a totally different direction…
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