The lives of others

The first half of the 20th century witnessed a transformation in Urdu literature with the emergence of the short story as the choicest medium…

The enigma that is Pakistan (book review)

By Raza Rumi Anatol Lieven’s new book is not just a contemporary account of Pakistan, it also attempts to present an alternative narrative of…

The tragic story of Urdu

By Raza Rumi What makes translating Urdu literature a rare indulgence has also kept it closeted from global appreciation. Ralph Russell, the legendary British…

Regressive governance (book review)

“…the pasture of stupidity is unwholesome for mankind.”– Ibn-e-Khaldun Pakistan’s ‘crisis’ of governance has now acquired an axiomatic status. Local and foreign experts have been…

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While the US military continues its campaign in Afghanistan, in neighboring Pakistan, there is continuing opposition to the CIA’s drone strikes. Activists, lawyers and…

Towards a decentralised Pakistan

Without civil service reform, devolution of policy setting will be unachievable and the current reform may just not achieve its intended purposes On July…

The most Dangerous Place for Journalists (a short interview)

I was interviewed in Karachi last month; here is the intro and the link- Recently, the journalist Saleem Shahzad has been killed in Pakistan after…

Will the civilians seize the moment?

It is too early to determine whether Nawaz Sharif is seeking a structural transformation of Pakistan’s governance culture or is merely hankering for acceptability…

Pakistan: Fixing the civil-military imbalance

By Raza Rumi: Sovereignty is the flavour of the month in Pakistan. Since the capture and questionable assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the Pakistani discourse…

Saving a rocky relationship

By Raza Rumi: The killing of Osama bin Laden is another hurdle to tackle, and we are in a critical moment of another reevaluation…

More on the Pakistan Wikileaks- US Operations Constrained by India-Pakistan Relations

My interview which has appeared on Wikileaks Central. The Dawn Media Group in partnership with WikiLeaks has been releasing the “Pakistan Papers.” Thus far, some…

On the Issue of the United States, Pakistan Is Playing with Fire

I was interviewed on the recently released Wikileaks Cables on Pakistan. Here is part one. Will upload part two soon. Part two appeared on…

Mukhtar Mai – Media and Misogyny

My piece for DAWN As if the showering of rose petals on Mumtaz Qadri and the release of a new Urdu book ‘Parwana-i-Shama-i-Risalat’ extolling him…

Sense and sovereignty in Kafkastan

By Raza Rumi I just returned from Karachi, where the city was outraged at the unscheduled, endless power cuts. Everywhere, the energy crisis dominated…

Rebel Angel: An exhibition at Mohatta Palace Museum -starts May 18, 2011

REBEL ANGEL ASIM BUTT 1978-2010 Mohatta Palace Museum is hosting an exhibition of works by the late artist Asim Butt, commencing on Wednesday May…

Pakistan: A transitional polity

By Raza Rumi Pakistan’s existentialist crisis is no longer a strictly Pakistani issue. Its potential repercussions have emerged as a cornerstone of global debates…

What are we teaching our children?

By Raza Rumi The overwhelming response to my earlier piece on the subject of jaundiced Pakistani textbooks has prompted me to continue with this theme. A…

OBL saga and Pakistan’s crisis of governance

My piece for The News, Pakistan As details of Operation Geronimo unfold, more and more questions are being raised regarding Pakistan’s role in the…

Bureaucratics

Bureaucratics – Images by Jan Banning Bureaucratics is a project consisting of a book (ISBN 978-1-59005-232-7) and exhibition containing 50 photographs, the product of an anarchist’s…

Har Lehza Ba Shaklay But-e-Ayyar Baraamad

Har lehza ba shaklay but-e-ayyar baraamad Dil burd-o-nihaan shud Har dum ba libaas-e-digar aan yaar baraamad Gah peer-o-javaan shud…
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