Browsing Archives of Author »Awais Masood«

Conspiracy Theories Galore

February 26, 2010

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By Ayesha Siddiqa DAWN – Friday- 26 Feb, 2010 I COULDN’T believe my ears when responsible quarters informed me of an American-Blackwater conspiracy to isolate Pakistan. According to this heinous plan the objective will be achieved by infiltrating the media, specifically through placing people in responsible positions in the print and electronic media. These plants […]

Education in mother tongue

February 24, 2010

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By Dr. Manzur Ejaz Published Daily Times- February 24, 2010 Research has shown that the students proficient in their mother tongue are better equipped to learn other languages. Furthermore, it is apparent that the countries that used mother tongues as medium of education were better in augmenting and creating knowledge It was the International Mother […]

Pakistan’s Jinnah

February 19, 2010

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By Ayesha Siddiqa DAWN – Friday, 19 Feb, 2010 Some time ago, I had a chance to read veteran columnist Ardeshir Cowasjee’s article ‘Bring back Jinnah’s Pakistan’ in which he talked about the founding father’s liberal vision for the country. Mr Cowasjee’s argument was that the state envisioned by Mohammad Ali Jinnah would have been governed […]

Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy: “Islam and Science Have Parted Ways”

February 18, 2010

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Middle East Quarterly Winter 2010, pp. 69-74 Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy (b. 1950) is one of South Asia’s leading nuclear physicists and perhaps Pakistan’s preeminent intellectual. Bearer of a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , he is chairman of the department of physics at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad where, as a high-energy physicist, he […]

Patriarchy and Caste System

February 18, 2010

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by Taimur Rahman From Raza Rumi’s blog As I have elaborated before, the Asiatic Mode of Production (AMP) in India is based on the caste system. The caste system in turn is based on the confinement of a particular people to a particular occupation. This requires the intense control of women’s sexuality because if castes […]

Paradise Lost

February 10, 2010

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By Nusrat Pasha Europe drew wisdom from pragmatism, and eventually separated the Church from the State. Ataturk had to struggle ardently to emancipate Turkey from its theocratic past and lead it to a secular and secure future. Secularism, as some people misleadingly propose, does not at all imply being anti-God, anti-Religion or atheistic or even agnostic; it only […]

Islam, cricket and Pakistan

February 7, 2010

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By Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi Published Daily Times- Sunday, February 07, 2010 Two mutually unrelated incidents last week show the growing dilemma of a large number of Pakistanis to relate themselves in a meaningful manner to the imperatives of citizenship of a nation-state. They may talk of Pakistan and its sovereignty when it is relevant to […]

State Religion

January 27, 2010

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Role of Youth in the Current Situation

December 27, 2009

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From Institute of Peace and Secular Studies The Institute for Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS) organized a day long youth convention with the theme of Terrorism and Peace under the title “The Role of Youth in the Current Situation” (on December 12, 2009). The convention was attended by over 200 youth including university students from […]

State and Religion in the Perspective of Muslim History

December 26, 2009

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By Hassan Jafar Zaidi (hjzaidi@hotmail.com) (The author delivered his lecture on the same subject in Conway Hall, London on January 7, 2007) Courtesy Danishkada.com God did not create state. Man evolved and created state in the shapes and forms suited to him according to growth of means of production and the level of organization required […]

Distorted Histories

December 21, 2009

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Eqbal Ahmad Interviewed by David Barsamian Eqbal Ahmad, activist scholar, was born in India probably in 1934. He’s not quite sure. In 1947, he left with his brothers for the newly created state of Pakistan. He came to the United States to study at Princeton in the 1950s, and then went to Algeria. Ahmad worked […]

The Public Role of Writers and Intellectuals

December 8, 2009

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By Edward Said The Nation – September 11, 2002 In everyday usage in the languages and cultures with which I am familiar, a “writer” is a person who produces literature–that is, a novelist, poet, dramatist. I think it is generally true that in all cultures writers have a separate, perhaps even more honorific, place than […]

Revisiting the Pakistani Grand Narrative

December 6, 2009

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By Zia Ahmad Courtesy Pak Tea House “Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity towards metanarratives.” (Jean-François Lyotard) Most of the cultures around the world have an innate tendency to view themselves at the center of the universe. As with individuals this may be owing to the inability for some to live outside […]

The Myth of Ghazwa-tul-Hind

December 3, 2009

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By Ale Natiq Cross-Posted from Ale’s blog (Thanks to Pakistani intelligence agencies for their illegal Denial of  Service (DOS) attacks on Ale’s blog) Religion has quite frequently been used as an excuse for military motives. Talking specifically about Islam, hadees has been used as a tool to invent excuses for political motivations and military interventions/attacks […]

Suicide Bomber was My Cousin

December 2, 2009

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By Sahar Saba Sahar Saba is the spokesperson for Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) For rest of the world, victims of Afghan war remain nameless and faceless. Not for us in Afghanistan. I myself have mourned number of such victims including my real uncle (father’s brother). Three weeks back, there was yet […]

Patriotism and Religiosity in Pakistan

December 2, 2009

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By Umayr Hassan I can appreciate, why you don’t want this to be yet another discussion about Zaid Hamid. It is indeed difficult to reasonably discuss a commentator disinclined to cite his sources. (I will underline, though, the constant parading of the “Syed” part of his name: his supposed ancestry does not already make him […]

Profile of the Religious Right

November 29, 2009

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By Eqbal Ahmad Dawn- 7 March, 2009 In two earlier essays l had argued one, that all religio-political movements are products of the shift from the agrarian/pastoral to the capitalist/industrial mode of production and the many forms of dislocations that it entails and two, that the religious tradition they invoke is more imagined than real, […]