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State Religion

January 27, 2010 by


By Nusrat Pasha Interfaith Harmony is unattainable until there is Interfaith Equality. Equality, on the other hand, is bound to remain a fantasy as long as there is a State Religion. As soon as you start talking about a State Religion and involve that religion in legislative matters, you inadvertently open the door to theocracy. […]

Jinnah’s Will to the Nation He Founded

January 26, 2010 by


By Nusrat Pasha This nation still has hope if it succeeds in reverting to Jinnah’s Will : 1 : “….Religion should not be allowed to come into Politics….Religion is merely a matter between man and God”. [Jinnah, Address to the Central Legislative Assembly, 7 February 1935] 2 :  “….in the name of Humanity, I care more […]

Identity Crisis: Rethinking the Politics of Community and Region in South Asia

January 24, 2010 by


By Ayesha Jalal (Harvard International Review, Summer 1999, vol.xxi, no.3) (Selected portion of the article) On the eve of the twentieth century, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) wrote a poem called ‘The Sunset of the Century’: The last sun of the century sets amidst the bloodred clouds of the west and the whirlwind of hatred. The naked […]

Conspiracy Theories and Rebuttals

January 19, 2010 by


It is an unfortunate and painful reality that Pakistani youth is mired in revivalism and conspiracy theories. Search for answers in this age of information and dis-information leads them to believe everything that appears on TV screens.  It is the need of the hour to refute such gross distortions of historical, political, religious and economic […]