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Lock those books away?

Of the more soul-searing discoveries that I made about our contemporary cultural milieu on my trip to Lahore last week was this: no one under any circumstances is allowed to…

English, education and elitism

The prime minister has said in a recent speech promoting the Single National Curriculum that English has developed into a kind of status symbol in the country, with everyone desperate…

How to select good books

Many readers and aspiring readers ask about how to select good books, as if there is a universal formula that one can apply on books and select the best ones.…

Textbooks for whom?

When development of the Single National Curriculum (SNC) began with the express objective of “erasing class differences”, observers who pointed to the pitfalls of using education in yet another attempt…

Books and tragedy

The first book I would like to introduce is an excellent translation of the Holy Quran into simple, beautiful English by Hafiz Dr. Musharraf Hussain. It is titled ‘The Majestic…

More books

It is often heard that people have lost interest in reading books. This is only partly true but they are often so busy trying to earn two square meals a…

Banning books – Part II

Of the 100 books recently banned by the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board, 65 are from the discipline of social studies. A majority of these books are banned on issues…

Journalism and textbooks: Part – II

The tragedy of textbooks by Dr A S Khurshid and Miskeen Hijazi is that you do get to read something about the history of journalism and that too mostly pre-Partition,…

Useful books

Due to the indifferent attitude of the public at large, government policies have failed, the coronavirus is spreading fast and at an ever-increasing rate. Perhaps more of an effort should…

The Blooms, The Bard And Great Books

The Blooms, the Bard and great books

It was Dr Manzoor Ahmed, well-known teacher of philosophy and former vice-chancellor of Hamdard University, who brought Harold Bloom to my notice. I am sure he doesn’t remember that now,…