Tag: Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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…

Mani Shankar Aiyar on Pakistan’s History and Identity

India’s first-ever consul general to Karachi says Pakistan is not a failed state. He is convinced that its middle class will save it from the Taliban, and that it can engage with India and set aside historic hostilities Before we take a look at the five books I would like to find out a bit…

On Minority Rights in Pakistan

It is astonishing to see that the so-called Ulama offer historical truths to their audiences without ever mentioning that history is not really transparent and unmotivated and often presents the views and perceptions of the dominant groups. The treatment of religious minorities is also based in this flawed retrieval of historical truth and this atavistic…

A Question of Faith: A Report on the Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan, Sherry Rehman

Why a report on the status of religious minorities? As part of the Jinnah Institute’s Open Democracy initiative, ‘A Question of Faith’: A Report on the Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan’ is a research-based analysis of the same. It documents the deterioration in the political, economic and social status of members of these communities…

Mullahs in Nation-Building

By and large, after the Zia-ul-Haq years, we have totally conceded the public sphere to the mullahs: you cannot think the nation without running into one or the other bizarre articulations of the nation by one or the other mullah. There is no doubt in my mind that when Mr. Jinnah mobilized the Muslim identity…

Ms. Asiya Nasir's Speech on Shahbaz Bhatti's Murder

On March 4, 2011 Ms. Asiya Nasir, a Christian member of the Pakistani National Assembly, made a passionate, courageous, and thought-provoking speech about Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder in particular and about the state of the minorities in Pakistan in general. It is imperative on the Pakistani government, the media, and the public to take note of…