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The Language Of Identity

The language of identity

“One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language.” —Emil Cioran A day before the International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21, the Senate Standing Committee on Law,…

Languages On Death Row

Languages on death row

Pathanay Khan was already in his mid-forties when his melodious voice crossed the walls of the Sufi shrine of Suleman Shah at Taunsa Sharif. This is where he used to…

Language And Identity

Language and identity

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his mother language that goes to his heart.”…

Language Wars

Language wars

It is easy to get embroiled in controversies of which there never seems to be a shortage in Pakistan. The online world has ensured that any contentious bit of news…

Language Myths

Language myths

Last week Karachi hosted the Teachers’ Literature Festival — an innovative experiment — to introduce an alternative discourse in education. Here a lively session on language in learning was held.…

Language Change

Language change

Following the Supreme Court’s recent query about measures taken for adopting Urdu as an official language, as mandated by Article 251 of the Constitution, the center embarked on a flurry…

Let Language Unite

Let language unite

About two weeks ago, on July 16, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights rejected a private member’s bill for an amendment in the constitution to…

Between Two Languages

Between two languages

In some ways, I have a lover’s quarrel with the English language. I live with it and I cherish this relationship. But there is often this feeling that in preserving…

Our Language Tragedy

Our language tragedy

There are 69 languages spoken in Pakistan. In addition to Urdu only one language is recognised in each province as the ‘provincial’ language. The non-recognition of the minority languages causes…

Just For One Day

Just for one day

No conversation about American literature is complete without at least a mention of Mark Twain: the man who penned two of American literature's most famed works: The Adventures of Huckleberry…