Daily Archives: April 27, 2008

“Musheer” Video- when music articulates politics

by Raza Rumi

A group of young firebrand revolutionaries – alas what an alien word it has become these days – has created this fabulous music video. The inspiration is a poem by Habib Jalib called “Musheer” (advisor) that Jalib composed as a satire against Hafiz Jalandari during Ayub Khan’s era. As the man on the guitars, Taimur Rahman says, “It is equally valid today”. 

The vocalist is “comrade” Shahram Azhar and Mrs Rahman is in the background. Of course the trio are activists of the Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party. Taimur Khan helped them produce it. I must say that Shahran’s voice is quite soothing.

At least the Left is not dead in Pakistan – we need plural voices against neo-liberalism for an egalitarian and more just Pakistan. A detailed introduction is below: Continue reading


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Martyr, my dear

And if my mind really was in the gallows,
what then? Would you think of me
disdainfully? I certainly hope so.
I’d be among the living dead,
my grey matter turning hoary,
and what else is there that really
matters? Are we creatures of
any substance without our
admittedly limited intellect?
And if we were would we care
to know ourselves socially? Sadly,
i think the answer to that
is a resounding yes!
So quit this transparent dissimulation
and admit that your fundo
mentalist anthemising atheism is really
nothing but a knee-jerk reaction
to abbaji’s habit of flying
his post-colonial ass
up the gleaming flagpole
of gratuitous martyrdom.

minos – april 2008

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Was it like this for the Irish?

posted by kinkminos

In a recent piece in the London Review of Books, Gareth Peirce, a celebrated civil rights lawyer in Britain, compares the current plight of British Muslim “terror” suspects with that of their Irish counterparts during the latter part of the last century. In it she recounts a number of high and low profile cases involving Muslims, and the way in which, according to her, the precepts of habeas corpus are being steadily eroded in the name of “freedom.” (If only the legal “problems” in our own benighted land were of such nature!)

The piece is typically LRB-long, but well worth reading (to the bitter end).

Some excerpts below.


Was it like this for the Irish?

Gareth Peirce on the position of Muslims in Britain

The history of thirty years of conflict in Northern Ireland, as it is being written today, might give the impression of a steady progression towards an inevitable and just conclusion. The new suspect community in this country, Muslims, want to know whether their experience today can be compared with that of the Irish in the last third of the 20th century. It is dangerously misleading to assert that it was the conflict in Northern Ireland which produced the many terrible wrongs in the country’s recent history: it was injustice that created and fuelled the conflict…. Just as Irish men and women, wherever they lived, knew every detail of each injustice as if it had been done to them, long before British men and women were even aware that entire Irish families had been wrongly imprisoned in their country for decades, so Muslim men and women here and across the world are registering the ill-treatment of their community here, and recognising, too, the analogies with the experiences of the Irish.


Claiming that a parallel emergency faced Britain, Blair bulldozed through Parliament a new brand of internment. This allowed for the indefinite detention without trial of foreign nationals, the ‘evidence’ to be heard in secret with the detainee’s lawyer not permitted to see the evidence against him and an auxiliary lawyer appointed by the attorney general who, having seen it, was not allowed to see the detainee. The most useful device of the executive is its ability to claim that secrecy is necessary for national security. Each of the dozen men snatched from his home on 17 December 2001, and delivered to HMP Belmarsh, expressed astonishment: first at finding himself the object of the much trumpeted legislation and, second, at discovering who his fellow detainees were. Each asked why, if he was suspected of activity linked to terrorism, he had never been questioned by police or the Security Services before it was decided that he was a ‘risk to national security’…. Continue reading

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Fooling the people once again

by Samad Khurram

The band of rejected and convicted politicians, popularly known as the Q-League invited the people for a mass dinner at their house on the election eve. Little did the poor people know they would be fooled once again. Funny video though: must watch!

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