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).

The Tale of Two Marches Becoming One

In the beginning there were two marches, led by two distinctly different leaders with the followers also rivers apart: this is how this story will begin whenever some crafty writers put their mind to it. One group, led by a former cricketer, comprised the young and the diverse, the very hope of a progressive and…

Article 245 and the Situation in Islamabad

245. Functions of Armed Forces.- 1[(1)] The Armed Forces shall, under the directions of the Federal Government, defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war, and, subject to law, act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so. (2) The validity of any direction issued by the Federal Government under clause…

Pakistan Television Building Captured by PAT: Shame!

Despite the assurances of PAT and PTI leaders, PAT workers have entered the PTV building and stopped the transmission of PTV World and National Pakistan television. This is a sad day for all of us. This building was called a symbol of Pakistani unity y the ISPR, but so far the defenders of Pakistan, even…

Mission Accomplished: A Puppet Democratic Government

According to the latest news from Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper I love and trust, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finally been humbled by the army, and for the rest of his term, he will be, as so many of us had feared, a “ceremonial prime minister.” [1] According to the latest reports, the new compromise…

Imran Khan: What Have we Accomplished with this March

I am pretty sure that even the most die-hard followers of Imran Khan are now asking this question: What have we accomplished? If the purpose of this march was to topple the government and replace it with the premiership of Imran Khan, that cannot be accomplished now. It cannot be accomplished now because if the…

Why Do I Oppose the PTI and PAT Marches and Sit-Ins

For the past few weeks, I have been reflecting on my response to the two long marches led by the leaders of two separate parties. Mostly, I have found myself opposed to both these marches, and, being a socialist at heart, this negative response to two popular movements has forced me to attempt to tease…

Taliban, the Politics of Death, and our Obligation to Speak

That the Taliban claim certain mastery over the methods and instruments of death is no secret. They have proven their skills at killing their civilian brothers and sisters quite consistently over the last decade or so. The question that we need to pose to them and to many other like-minded groups is simply this: Do…

Some Thoughts on Solidarity and Community

(I had written this article for our Save the UNT Library blog; I think it applies to more than just one cause and that is why I am sharing it ehre) We live in a world constructed to force us to internalize our own insignificance. Every single day we go on with our daily activities,…