Tag: India

Manto & '1947'

He had no doubt of  his place in literary history and left behind the following epitaph for himself: “Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto. With him lie buried the arts of short-story telling. Here he lies underneath tons of mud still wondering if he was a better short-story writer than God.” Saadat Hasan Manto died in…

Pakistan: Need for a New Historiogrpahy and National Narratives

This will probably be one of the many articles that I plan to write about the construction of contemporary Pakistani national identity. While I have many versions of theories of nation available to undertake this project, I have decided to focus primarily on the mainstream statist narrative that Pakistani media, the school system, and the…

Peace activist who looks like a Sufi: An Interview with Sandeep Pandey

Militancy is a dangerous thing. What is more dangerous is that they feed on each other and it becomes a vicious cycle. Islamic terrorism provokes Hindutva terrorism and vice versa. Only strong democratic governments backed by solid mandate of people can curb the rise of fundamentalist forces. Besides Anna Hazare, who has received media attention…

Silent Desis and the American Autumn

It took about a year for the Arab spring to reach America in the autumn of this year. In fact the youth-led protest that started early this year from North Africa, after sweeping three strong autocracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and more recently Libya, has become a world wide movement challenging the very system of capitalism…

Can Imran Khan end corruption?

Imran Khan has lately addressed large public gatherings in Gujranwala and Faisalabad. He has made tall claims about bringing an end to corruption if he comes to power. However, for the last more than a decade, since he entered active politics, he has not revealed his programme for bringing an end to corruption. Does he…

South Asia Peace Conference, University of North Texas

South Asia Peace Conference, University of North Texas November 5-6 The ambassadors of Afghanistan and Pakistan, a renowned peace activist from India, a known scholar on media, UNT faculty and researchers from several countries will be at UNT Denton for the first South Asia Peace Conference Nov. 5-6. The conference is free for faculty, staff,…

Political Economy of Occupation

The question is why at this point of time when American forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, they are so anxious about the region’s economic development and well being of its people? U.S. business giants, investment firms and construction industries are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. The Silk Road will use their expertise…