Pakistan’s democracy remains fragile

My piece which was published by The News, Pakistan under a different title If the parliament and judiciary want to continue exercising their newfound…

Whither rule of law?

My piece published in the Express-Tribune State effectiveness, by most definitions, has been waning in Pakistan. The ability of the law enforcement agencies and…

8th International Mystic Music Sufi Festival

Sufi Music and Expression of Devotion from the Muslim World is one among a rare festival initiated in Pakistan by Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop.Performance…

‘1978’

Grief’s circles extend and extend. The country teeters like a slowing top. The way is down, down. I cannot see the miracle that will…

Lahore – a video

Fawzia Afzal Khan’s video – mysterious, flippant, fun and soulful Enjoy…

Pakistani reform: the task ahead

My piece published in The News Pakistan has crossed a major milestone last week by achieving a historic consensus on the 18th Amendment with…

The task ahead

By Raza Rumi Pakistan has crossed a major milestone last week by achieving a historic consensus on the 18th Amendment with 105 clauses, additions…

Without Love…

What a moving quatrain by Rumi Without love, all worship is a burden, all dancing is a chore, all music is mere noise. All…

Pakistan’s Southern Punjab: Politics of marginalisation

The discourse on South Punjab conceals the grassroots social movements and the clamouring for a linguistic identity in the region The conundrum of South…

Festival of Lights at Madhu Lal’s Urs, 2010

The 3-days Urs of Hazrat Shah Hussain (March 27-29, 2010), radical Sufi saint of Punjab, gained momentum on the weekend as thousands of devotees…

Wandering between two worlds – Karachi Literary festival

Ghazi Salahuddin’s write up for the NEWS makes interesting points about the festival and also mentions me as one lost between the English and…

More on Fahmida Riaz

Thanks to Isa Daudpota  who sent me the text and the translated poems after he had heard Kamila Shamsie talk about her.. Fahmida Raiz,…

Democracy – the only option

Much has been elaborated on the binding constraints faced by Pakistani democracy. Conventional wisdom suggests that the civil-military imbalance has left little space for…

Iqbal Bano sings Nizami Ganjavi (Persian Sufi poet, 1141-1209)

Iqbal Bano sings Nizami Ganjavi-Mara ba ghamza… by razarumi1 Mara ba ghamza kusht o qaza ra bahana sakht Khud sooy e ma na deed…

A red card for the Secular Indian Muslim

I am posting a brilliant piece (published by Indian Express) by my dear friend Rakhshanda Jalil – she is a bold yet sensitive writer…

Karachi Literary Festival

Oxford University Press and the British Council are holding a literary festival – first of its kind. The programme can be viewed here. KLF…

Pak Nobel laureate’s Ahmedi status hurdle for documentary

I was quoted in this story – a slight spin but an important point nevertheless.. Wednesday, March 03, Islamabad: Two young Pakistanis are battling all…

Baba Nanak to Baba Farid

This is how the Sufis and mystics of South Asia viewed jihad, peace and the role of religion. Surely our extremists need to read…

Rumi on Love – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwFOVQRyVDQ…

The golden voice of Asha Bhosle (2008 concert in LA, USA)

NPR has featured Asha Bhosle (12,000 songs and the greatest of Bollywood divas) and her fabulous voice – this is what the text has…
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