Pakistan’s ruling coalition must not splinter

My op-ed piece that was published in the NEWS, Pakistan On these erudite pages, and elsewhere, there has been much ado about the fact…

The invisibility of the Mughal princesses

Painting by A.R Chughtai | Chughtai Museum My piece published by the Himal Magazine  The limitations of Southasia’s historical record can be seen in…

Civil Service is no longer an alluring career for Pakistan’s youth

The captioned article of mine appeared in News on Sunday a week ago. I was quite glad to note that the NEWS wrote an…

Guest Stars at the Long March

My article that appeared in Dawn. here. THE enthusiasts for the long march towards Islamabad are justifiably feeling let down by the grand posturing,…

Shoaib Akhtar – a fallen hero

There have been some avoidable outbursts by both Akhtar and his disciplinarians. Akhtar has a chequered past in the conventional sense; and perhaps his…

Pakistan’s Media – responsibility must anchor freedom

My piece that was published earlier this week: IT is a truism that media freedom in Pakistan today has been earned after a long…

Why Jodhaa Akbar is a disappointment?

The challenge of translating a historical era into a cinematic endeavour is daunting, especially when it concerns historically contested subjects such as the fabled…

Living Histories

Essences of the past and present come alive at the Lawrence Gardens Lahores Lawrence Gardens, baptised the Bagh-i-Jinnah in the post-independence era, represent the…

The flawed boycott mantra?

Thursday, February 21, 2008 Much has been said on how the election results are a referendum against the policies of General Musharraf. While there…

Afghan Madhouse (Book Review – No Space for Further Burials)

Decades of imperialism have left Afghanistan and its people devastated. But the fall of the Taliban, and the much touted ‘liberation’ of Afghanistan, has…

Nahaj ul Balagha – Looking back to Get Ahead

Fahmida Riaz is Pakistan’s premier female poet. She became a sensation in the early 1970s when her bold, feminist poetry created a stir in…

Hazrat Ali’s letter on governance and citizenship

The common stories about Islam or Muslims have to do with the chopping of arms and killing of infidels. We are told that Muslims…

What goes around…No more saviours please

Now that the wheel has turned its back yet again, there is much to ponder. There are many who are saying that this is…

Inhospitable Reception

“While the ‘easy-white-woman’ stereotype is being reinforced, how can Pakistan become a tourist destination?” Conversing with Charlotte is always a pleasure. She’s original and…

Qurratulain Hyder -End of an Era

The death of Qurratulain Hyder marks the end of an era of the finest writing in Urdu. Hyder, also known as Ainee Apa, dominated…

Nazmain Chand – Poems for 15th August

Happy Independence day to the Indian friends and readers! Today’s post comprises a few poems that may capture several moods and facets of the…

Dhaka by degrees

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. -William Shakespeare I grew up in the post-East…

Insider’s Indonesia

Lush green vistas and the eclectic Javanese culture, the breathtaking Bali coastline and the curiously composite Islamic identity of the country made up my…

Karachi – “Bright Lights”

Each time one visits Karachi the sprawling metropolis seems more run down. Crumbling infrastructure, notwithstanding the recent improvements, and a sense of neglect are…

Visiting Dhaka- “We are strangers now?”

The warmth of people and the magic of old Dhaka overwhelms you. Having said that, Dhaka is bursting on the seams with a gushing…