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Parveen Talpur

Election 2013: Striving for Best in the Worst of Times

Voter turnout was massive and so was the rigging, this time it was also blatant.  Media reporting was prompt and panel discussions impressive. Updates on social media were just overwhelming it was difficult to keep pace.  Some of the posts on Facebook were wise ‘Pathans proved that they are the most intelligent Pakistanis,’ some were cute ‘Naswar…

Les Miserables of Thar Desert

At a local ladies book club in Columbus Ohio, during a talk on my eBook Obscure Women Obscure Stories: A Pakistani Trilogy, the following passage from Purani Kahani, one of the stories, came under discussion and a question was asked. “Bhaag Bhari would go in the hut to fetch her small chest of jewelry. It was metallic painted green…

Pakistan Awaits a New Cultural Policy

A recent article by Shah Rukh Khan describes what is being a Muslim in India. It was published on January 29 in Outlook Turning Points 2013 (Published by the New York Times). In a prompt reaction Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik urged the Indian government to provide security to its well-known Muslim actor. Malik’s statement…

Pakistan Awaits a New Cultural Policy

A recent article by Shah Rukh Khan describes what is being a Muslim in India. It was published on January 29 in Outlook Turning Points 2013 (Published by the New York Times). In a prompt reaction Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik urged the Indian government to provide security to its well-known Muslim actor. Malik’s statement…

Fish Symbol: Indus Civilization to Biblical References

In olden days people said storms were nature’s way of reminding man of his fragile existence. We heard similar expressions even in modern days. When Sandy hit a large part of United States many people felt it was there to change the tide of presidential elections and hence the fate of the country and the…

What's in a Name? The Case of Sindhu and Indus

“What’s in a name?” Take the case of Sindhu the original name of River Indus. Different people and different platforms discuss it in different ways. The mere fact that they still discuss the name that has been anglicized since centuries is important. Last month I had been directly involved in two discussions on the subject.…

Peace March in a War Zone

In his book ‘The First Afghan War 1838-1842’, J.A Norris quoted one of the relevant descriptions of the Afghan character. The quote from the Asiatic Journal states that the Afghans “are neither irritable nor implacable, but retain a long remembrance of injuries not retaliated: revenge is esteemed a duty.” Norris emphasized that “we should remember…

“(Karachi) Thou shalt be the Glory of the East…”

The recent violence in Karachi and the rest of the country reminds me of an alarming day in November 2007. The General had declared a state of emergency in the country. There could have been a coup to oust him; a counter coup could have followed to restore him. People feared more bomb blasts, even…

Minorities in Pakistan-Dead and Alive

Rimsha Masih, an 11 year old Christian girl has been arrested on blasphemy charges. According to some reports, she is suffering from Down syndrome and is a minor, between 11 to 16. Even if she is 18, it is laughable. Isn’t law supposed to consider the maturity level of the accused? Even in criminal trials…