‘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…

Meena Kumari, the poet

After my earlier article on the life of Meena Kumari, I explored the iconic actor’s prowess in an entirely different area of personal expression…

Europe faces a huge challenge in dealing with its Muslim citizens

I talked to Akbar S. Ahmed  about the perception of Islam and Muslims in the West   Mannequins dressed in brightly coloured headscarves at…

Pakistan: Hiding state failure by invoking the ‘foreign hand’ theory

1) Repetitive trends. When Sri Lanka’s cricket team was attacked in Lahore the civil administration and police on TV said India did it. Raza…

What if Bulleh Shah were alive today?

Another tragic day. A mob attacks a Christian couple after accusing them of desecration of the Holy Quran and then burn their bodies at…

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…

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…

In Pakistan, ‘Blasphemers’ Like Me Receive Militant Justice

Like so many others, I was recently targeted in a cold-blooded assassination for speaking out against extremism. Pakistan has acquired a strong reputation of…

Prioritising polio eradication

Nothing exemplifies the state of Pakistani society and its governance better the resurgence of the polio virus. Here is a country boasting of world’s…

Malala Yousufzai – A symbol of Pakistan’s Resistance to Bigotry

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‘Lahore broke my heart’

Author Reema Abbasi spoke to me about her travels across the country while researching for “Historic Temples in Pakistan”. Some excerpts from the conversation.…

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…

The Hindus of Pakistan

A seminal book on the Hindu temples of Pakistan should be read by all Pakistanis. Kataas Raj Journalist Reema Abbasi and photographer Madiha Aijaz…

I know how men in exile feed on dreams

To the accompaniment of songs, poetry and history, Raza Rumi spent a bittersweet evening with fellow exiles exploring the state of his banishment “Our…

Negligence, the biggest disaster in Pakistan

As if the ongoing political crisis was not enough, we are in the middle of a natural disaster, once again. As before, the state…

9/11 and Deluded Pakistanis

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The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism

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Will a new power-sharing arrangement emerge from this crisis?

Since early August, Pakistan has been battling itself, once again. Two opposition groups have paralysed the federal government and the capital for weeks through…

After the Army public statement, the crisis deepens

My storified tweets on the deepening Political crisis in Pakistan.…

Watching the watchdog

Democracy is like an infertile woman that cannot produce anything, thundered a popular columnist (a real opinion-maker) at the Association of Physicians of Pakistani…
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