Abject surrender

My piece published in The Friday Times How can I remain unaffected and quiet after seeing that my country might be disfigured and my…

Civil society speaks

Zinda dilaan-e-Lahore say no to Talibanisation, reports Raza Rumi Never before have we citizens been traumatised with an uncertain future and the knocks of…

Brewing storms

 Raza Rumi laments the tragedies of our times, and says that the state cannot be absolved of its responsibility to protect citizens against terrorism   (The…

Reclaiming melody

Labourers of love: Mushtaq Soofi, Izzat Majeed & Christoph Bracher Mian Yusaf Salahuddin’s Haveli, where Tarang was launched Christoph Bracher testing equipment at Sachal…

Capitulating Rajas: why Taliban might not be resisted

My new piece for The Friday Times South Asian history is a tale of capitulation of local elites before external invaders. Be it the…

Nightingale of Peshawar falls silent

My piece published in The Friday Times The bombing of Rehman Baba’s shrine is more proof that we are slipping, inch by inch, into…

Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi (1916-2006)

Ab aik baar to qudrat javaabdeh thehre hazaar baar ham insaan aazmaaye gaye Now Nature must be held accountable at least once We humans…

Data Ganj Baksh: Lahore’s oldest guide

Perhaps the greatest of the experiences at Data Darbar is to find oneself connected to a stream of humanity, shoulder to shoulder, with a…

Rediscovering Zahoor ul Akhlaq (1941-1999)

Raza Rumi asks if Pakistani state and society are ready to reclaim the great artist on his tenth death anniversary   Zahoor ul Akhlaq:…

Imagined homeland

It irks me when I hear simplistic platitudes on Pakistani society, state or people. The heterogeneity of Pakistan is by itself an anthropologist’s dream,…

Lost Imaginations

By Raza Rumi Sixty one years have gone by but the creation of Pakistan is still a heated debate: contested, fractured and bitter. That…

Islamabad: This too shall pass

Raza Rumi bemoans Islamabad’s fall from grace   Many of the new roads in Islamabad have nothing to offer to those who do not…

Unfullfiled Civic Longing

Raza Rumi Writing for The Friday Times, Pakistan After Mumbai, I have stopped watching television. I will not participate in the senseless jingoism of…

Ode to Benaras – Ghalib’s grand vision

A Brahmin resident of Benaras Ghalib Benaras: “forever spring” It is incredible that a Muslim poet who prided himself on his Turkic ancestry and…

Ajoka Theatre and the Caucasian Chalk Circle

My piece published in The Friday Times (October 24 issue) Who is entitled to keep the child – one who is a better, nurturing…

The words of others

Faiz Ahmed Faiz with friends: Faiz’s poetry is now being used to advertise phones Habib Jalib: anti-establishment Opposition to the military regime was marked…

Let the cynics froth and fume

My piece published in The Friday Times This is the magic of Lahore and its deep-rooted cultural mores. No other city can boast of…

History’s ghetto – (Geneva Camp, Dhaka)

My recent piece for the The Friday Times – about the bitterness and destitution in a Dhaka camp for Biharis It was almost by…

Beyond Borders – with Shubha Mudgal and Tina Sani

My article published in the Friday Times (Aug11-18) Days after the recent skirmishes at the Line of Control, when the composite dialogue between India…

Through a screen, darkly

Pakistani cable operators, following the cyclical escalation of imagined hatreds, discontinued the transmission of Indian satellite channels in 2002. The absence of Indian TV…
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