Masood Raja

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the University of North Texas and the author of "The Religious Right and the Talibanization of America" (Palgrave, 2016).

Mullahs and the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act

Just recently, the Punjab government (And I am no fan of them politically)  passed, Unanimously, the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act. I consider this a huge first step in making the Pakistani public and private sphere better and safer for women, and my hope is that the federal government and other provinces will…

Launching the Pakistan Women’s Rights Forum

As some of you might have noticed, we have just recently launched the Pakistan Women’s Rights Forum (PKWRF) group on Facebook. This is a collaborative effort by a whole group of likeminded individuals who are all interested in the women’s rights issues in Pakistan. By and large the group defines its activities as follows on…

Humanities make humans

We often hear, in public and private conversations, that Pakistani culture and politics will become better with the increase in access to education. This is nothing new: almost all nations offer “education” as a panacea: as something that can solve most of their socio-economic problems. In the last decade or so, huge investments have been…

History and our national imagination

That all nations imagine themselves to be exceptional is a fact, but how this exceptionalism is articulated, disseminated, and internalised is often not clearly understood. Most theorists of nationalism agree that official history and historiography plays an important role in crafting the national imagination. In the case of Pakistan, a certain specific articulation of history…

Akbar Jehan: An Intimate History of Kashmir

Khan, Nyla Ali. The Life of a Kashmiri Woman: Dialectic of Resistance and Accommodation. New York: Palgrave Pivot.Hardcover: $70.00. Ebook: S49.99 Many of us in the Sub-continent who grew up with an awareness of the history of Kashmir do not usually realize that the histories we receive are highly motivated and are presented to us…

Axact, Bol and Pakistani Journalism: What is at Stake!

  A lot has happened since the New York Times published their deeply troubling investigative story about the shenanigans of Axact. The Pakistani authorities have now launched an investigation into the dealings of the company, the leading journalists recruited by Bol, an affiliate of Axact, have now left the new network, some for the reasons…

Axact: From a Graduate of Nixon University

After having been seriously maligned and disparaged by an enemy and infidel newspaper, the executives and workers of Axact sprung into action and unleashed a rhetorical counter strike at their opponents. In a statement crafted by the most brilliant legal minds in Pakistan, the company defended its business practices and declared that the New York Times expose…

Karachi Bus Massacre: An Elegy for our Souls

That four Pakistanis boarded a bus and methodically executed 45 of their fellow citizens is a fact. That it is an atrocity against humans and humanity in general and the Ismailia community in particular is also a fact. Facts are always easier to grasp, as they leave gruesome clues to their own existence. It is when…