Destruction of Lahore’s Walled City is rampant as restoration efforts remain sketchy

One of my three reports published earlier this year in Herald’s annual issue on heritage Lahore fabled Walled City is now a grand metaphor…

Mughal era: Lahore’s neglected heritage is a sad shadow of its glorious past

The second story from Herald’s annual supplement on heritage As the second Mughal capital, Lahore was home to emperors and noblemen during the 16th…

Hundreds of decaying historical buildings across Lahore await Attention

Third story for the Herald’s annual heritage issue: Once renowned as a city of gardens and monuments, Lahore now manifests decaying cultural heritage, rampant…

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…

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…

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…