Book review: A psycho-social perspective on terror

By Raza Rumi The launch of Dr Unaiza Niaz’s excellent book in September was most symbolic, as the world commemorated the ghastly incident of…

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…

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…

The lives of others

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

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

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

The spectre of Islamist infiltration

By Raza Rumi: The recent attacks on the Karachi naval base have once again sparked a debate concerning the much-feared radicalisation within the armed…

On human rights, courts and governance

My interview Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch published in The Friday Times No government institution, including the courts, should be immune from…

Salmaan Taseer: A life less ordinary

        Raza Rumi remembers the man that was Salmaan Taseer o these liars and swindlers, these contractors of faith I am…

Islands of Hope – Life and Works of Akhter Hameed Khan

Raza Rumi reviews a book on the life and works of Akhter Hameed Khan, a legendary development guru “It is not enough to say…

Myths, fables and lies: The murder of history in Pakistan

KK Aziz’s seminal study, ‘The Murder of History’ is essential to understand what went wrong in Pakistan. The most worrying sign of an insecure…

Pakistan: It is time for the judiciary to address incompetence and prejudice within its own ranks

Ali Dayan Hasan, Senior South Asia Researcher for Human Rights Watch, spoke to Raza Rumi about the blasphemy law. What is your position on…

Unpacking the governance debate

If the intent of the unregulated media and a recalcitrant establishment is to dismiss the government to achieve better governance then this is at…

On counterterrorism and human rights

From an interview that I conducted: There is, of course, a nationalist discourse, as shrill as it is bogus, centered on US-bashing and lionizing…

Travelogue (Part II) – Yeh hai Bombay meri jaan

Things had changed. Bombay has metamorphosed into Mumbai (shining India is also more parochial); Sahar airport had been renamed (as Chatrapathi Shivaji International Airport)…

Travelogue (Part III): India’s Silicon Valley

The tragedy of this first-ever visit to Bangalore was its short duration. Having said that, it is always better to have seen a city…

Travelogue (final) Entangled destinies

Contrary to the Mall culture booming across India, Khan Market is a high street experience. I am claustrophobic in Malls and therefore a place…

Preparing an early recovery plan

Cumulative estimates of losses are increasing (initial estimates have gone beyond $15 billion) and over 20 million people have been displaced in 71 districts…

Post-floods: Pakistan must embrace a comprehensive reform agenda

Pakistan’s governance is a nightmare for its citizenry. More importantly, it is also an international issue now. The multi-dimensional disaster in Pakistan could lead…

State accountability – all is not that bleak

Raza Rumi Earlier, I had written a piece on citizen accountability and Jhang model innovated by a bureaucrat – Zubair Bhatti – who ironically…

Redefining national interest

There is simply no alternative to information flow and dismantling the iron curtain. Let the disputes remain, but allow media access across the borders.…
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