Strategic Blunders

Raza Rumi Recent events and statements by the civilian leadership indicate that there is a move towards undertaking a military operation in North Waziristan…

Toxic narratives

Raza Rumi Al Qaeda’s plan for the region will succeed if Islamabad does not take stock of the deep penetration of its ideology into…

New battle against old demons

Raza Rumi After 30 years of self-defeating policies, the new National Internal Security Policy may be the right way to make a fresh start…

The search for a new security paradigm

Latest for The Friday Times Recently, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, elaborated on the losses incurred by the country in fighting terrorism,…

Book Review: South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures

My review for The Friday Times South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures is a comprehensive volume of essays edited by Adil Najam and Moeed…

The Real Meena Kumari

The soulfulness of India’s greatest tragedienne was born of an abiding love for reading and writing.  Raza Rumi reviews a biography of the alluring…

At the Abyss

By Raza Rumi The recent drone strike in Pakistan’s northwest has eliminated an enemy of the state and his close associates. Hakimullah Mehsud’s death…

Kafka Country

Surprised by what is happening in the land of the pure? Raza Rumi says stop jumping, life is business as usual in the Islamic…

Book review: Poetic resistance to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s murder

As a young student I obtained a tattered copy of ‘Khushboo ki Shahadat’ from an old bookstall in Lahore’s Urdu bazaar. This was the…

Murder in the capital

By Raza Rumi Nasiruddin Haqqani’s assassination is a significant move in a game of chess and nerves A photographer takes picture of the spot…

Book review: Challenging martial histories

  This is a book review that was published in The Friday Times (June 19-25 2009 issue) This was a hot May afternoon when…

Farewell President Zardari

Here is something I wrote for TFT, analyzing President Zardari’s tenure dcPresident Zardari has set a new record of being the only democratically elected…

The heart divided

Here’s an excerpt from my book ‘Delhi, by heart’ that was featured in TFT     I am not sure how I met Bunty.…

Book Review~ Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District

Writing about the lives of “fallen women” is a problematic endeavor, especially in South Asia where the morality of the middle classes defines the…

Farewell, Dear SM

For TFT “Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come…” Salma Mahmud, or SM as we called her at TFT, quietly left…

A literary landmark

A review of the Islamabad Literature Festival for TFT       literature festival in Islamabad sounds a contradiction in terms. A city better…

The art of short story

A review of Irshad Abdul Kadir’s recently published collection of short stories that I wrote for TFT   The gentle stories of Irshad Abdul Kadir have…

The time traveler’s life

Here’s something I wrote in TFT about Intizar Hussain saheb’s legacy, his life, and his significance.   Intizar Hussain’s nomination for the Man Booker…

The dream that was not mine – Harris Khalique’s poetry

khud pe kia taari use woh khwab jo apna na tha (I let the dream take over me/ The dream that was not mine)…

Books, bombs & mangroves (on the fourth Karachi Literature Festival)

In its fourth year, the Karachi literature festival (KLF) has become a public event that brings together the cosmopolitanism and the fissiparous identities of…
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