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Remembering Dr Aijaz Ahmad

There was a time in the second half of the 20th century when the communist ideology was in ascendance and Marxism was a favourite staple of thought for college and…

Jailed in India: Part – I

On October 3, 2023, the day after MK Gandhi’s birthday, over five hundred officers of the Delhi Police fanned out across India to detain either at their Special Cell station…

Kashmir: The Alternative News Roundup

Kashmir: the alternative news roundup

Since the 1990s, there has been far too much news about violence, death and destruction in Jammu and Kashmir. For the last two years, such news has, once again, become…

Our Culture Of Cruelty

Our culture of cruelty

The recent mob-led attack on an Ahmadi place of worship, in which at least half a dozen individuals were injured, once again shows how spectacular acts of violence have become…

Class And State

Class and state

Hamza Alavi passed away 10 years ago this week. I was privileged to be involved in a gathering held in his memory some days ago at the university where I…

Your weekly columnist: an endangered species?

Once upon a time there was news; compact and closely orchestrated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Fake news was unheard of; just plain vanilla dispensed by the government.…

One Unit and Sindh: Part – II

Some other books that have discussed One Unit include ‘Pakistan of Jinnah’ by Ahmed Salim, ‘Pakistan in the 20th Century’ by Lawrence Ziring and ‘Federalism in Pakistan’ by Muntzra Nazir.…

NAB versus human rights

THAT the National Accountability Bureau has little respect for human rights is widely known. The extent to which human rights are violated by NAB can only be established by documentation,…

Fatima Jinnah: An enduring legacy

Over the decades a good deal has been written on. Fatima Jinnah's contribution to national politics. The focus of most writings on and about her are almost exclusively on how…

No Tears For Indian Muslims

No tears for Indian Muslims

A senior friend of mine who spends much of his time online, passionately airing his strongly-held views on the issues and challenges facing India, its Muslims in particular, is surprisingly…

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