Category Archives: Pakistan

Faiz Ahmed Faiz and the Bangladesh Liberation War (1971)

After a brief visit of about ten days, I returned from Dhaka at the end of 2011, which happened to be the fortieth birth anniversary of Bangladesh. During my stay, I interacted with academics, scholars, and lay people about the … Continue reading

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My Rendezvous with Humaira Bachal

[This was first published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] As I walk out of the elevator and step into the small buffer space that connects it to the hallway of the apartment, I notice knots of people scattered over the opulent … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Malala

Yesterday Malala Yousafzai, the education activist who was near-fatally shot by the Pakistani Taliban on 9 November, 2012, spoke at the UN on the right to education for every child anywhere in the globe. A noble thought, indeed. However, Malala’s … Continue reading

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A Review: Film – The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Director – Mira Nair

How do you feel about a film that opens with a scene of the kidnapping of an American professor in Pakistan interspersed with shots of qawwali in a private garden, generous flow of liquor, and chaotic movement in the bazaar? … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist: A New Politics of ‘Critical Localism’

While I am yet to watch the film version of The Reluctant Fundamentalist (though I hear great things about it), which I will most probably be watching next week at the IFC theater near NYU, here is a write-up I … Continue reading

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A Journey Through Pakistan: Nicholas Schmidle’s To Live or To Perish Forever (2010)

The Times reporter Declan Walsh’s expulsion from Pakistan on the eve of the general election reminds one of the expulsion of another journalist, Nicholas Schmidle who wrote To Live or To Perish Forever (2010), based on his journalistic experiences in … Continue reading

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Salman Taseer’s Assassination and the Contradictions in Muslim Societies

Why was Salman Taseer assassinated? Was it his advocacy of anti-Blasphemy Law? Was it his championing the cause of a Christian woman’s life? These are not easy questions and the answers will have to wait until the formalities of investigation … Continue reading

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