On Kabir, Bulleh Shah and Lalon Shah

Not a great recording of my talk at Kuch Khaas, Islamabad. Kuch Khaas_ Raza Rumi on Kabir, Bulleh Shah and… by razarumi1  …

River Indus: Flow of life – Part II

By Raza Rumi: From ancient Vedic times to stories told by Sufi saints, the Indus continues to play a central role in the legends…

River Indus: Flow of life – Part I

By Raza Rumi: Along its 1,800-mile course, the Indus joins cultures from the steppes of Central Asia to the arid plains of the South…

Book review: A psycho-social perspective on terror

The launch of Dr Unaiza Niaz’s excellent book in September was most symbolic, as the world commemorated the ghastly incident of 9/11 and the…

Pakistan’s foreign policy: Escaping India?

As Pakistan negotiates with a critical moment of its 64-year-old existence, there is nothing more urgent than to review its foreign policy goals and…

Cultural Assets of the Communities of District Multan and Bahawalpur, Pakistan

“South Punjab, in particular, the districts of Multan and Bahawalpur…, have a vast range of cultural assets. the living culture of the communities carries…

The History of Hate

Today, Thursday, October 6, Luis Bernabé Pons, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Alicante in Spain, will be speaking about…

Sahir Ludhianvi’s poem composed on Ghalib’s centenary celebrations

 Sahir Ludhianvi laments the way Urdu was treated by Indian nation-state as it became alien overnight.   Ikees baras guzray aazadi-i-kaamil ko Tab ja…

Greater role for women in decision-making

By Raza Rumi: Last week, I was invited to speak at a seminar on ‘Exploring the Gender Friendliness in Democratic Institutions’ orgnaised by The…

Social media: Good, bad and the ugly

By Raza Rumi: Despite the threats and risks, the Internet has provided a useful platform for people-to-people contacts. It has also facilitated issue-based engagement…

Death Sentence in Slaying of Pakistani Governor

From the New York Times: “Today’s judgment is a positive development whereby norms of justice have prevailed. Pakistan cannot be allowed to become a…

No more escape routes

Pakistan’s military should review the Taliban rule in Afghanistan and how they were not always the kind of partners and proxies we had envisioned…

The debate on new provinces in Pakistan

Since 1977, military or quasi-military governments have ruled Pakistan. The basic tenet of such a governance structure has been centralization and denial of multiple…

Myth and reality of extremism

Pakistan needs to undertake research on militancy for effective policymaking By Raza Rumi: A recent attempt to understand militancy, “Poverty and Support for Militant…

“Love is not yet a taboo in Pakistan” – Mohammad Hanif

In a few days, Mohammad Hanif’s new novel will be available in Pakistan. Last week, I met him at his house in Karachi. The…

Can we afford to bypass Jinnah’s Pakistan?

By Raza Rumi Published today by Jinnah Institute, Islamabad: Notwithstanding the contradictions inherent to pre-1947 Muslim politics, Jinnah was clear about certain fundamentals. Pakistan…

In Karachi, the political and ethnic violence that’s killed hundreds of people since July

In Pakistan’s largest city and commercial capital, Karachi, the surge in violence that began in July and has killed many hundreds of people, continues.…

She Would Not Be Wrapped

For the British, anxious to distinguish themselves from the natives, nothing was more galling than Indians in European attire. The elite women, especially, in…

Chisht? Sufis in the Sultanate of Delhi (book review)

When the shrine of Baba Farid Ganj Shakar in Pakpattan was attacked last year, the real significance of the incident was not fully understood.…

Karachi continues to bleed

Karachi needs democratisation of power and robust accountability mechanisms By Raza Rumi: Karachi’s mayhem in the past few days has exposed, once again, the…
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