Daily Archives: June 26, 2009

Looking for history in all the wrong places

By Zia Ahmad

Notable scholar Frederic Jameson famously put forward the idea of the disappearance of a sense of history in his indictment of postmodernism, fitfully titled Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991). The idea briefly referred to the way in which the entire contemporary social system has little by little begun to lose its capacity to retain its own past consequently refusing to learn any lessons from it. In forming a critique of the postmodern condition, Jameson essentially pointed out the disconnection with history and the subsequent fascination with the present.

This broad interpretation holds true for the collective human experience and rings ever so true for Pakistan. It is interesting to note how seamlessly the above mentioned idea blends in with the rhetorical whining knowledgeable Pakistanis indulge in, whenever given the chance, something to the tune of we have forgotten our ways, we have lost our identity, etc, etc. Continue reading


Filed under Colonialism, culture, Heritage, History, Identity, India, Media, Multinational Corporations, Pakistan, Society, urban, Writers

Iran: overthrow the fundamentalist cabal

Ali Abbas Inayatullah has authored this exclusive post for PTH. We welcome him to this e-zine and hope that he writes more. This rather radical article is a fresh and unconventional analysis of the Iranian crisis. PTH does not agree with all the contents but welcomes pieces that make you think. (Raza Rumi)

After watching the hundreds of thousands of protesters in Iran being dismissed as Westernized toffs from Northern Tehran by Islamist groups and self-declared leftists, one could not initially help wondering at the number of elites in Iran. If one is to take the Islamist critique, than Iran must be a very rich country if it has hundreds of thousands of elites who can turn up to march in the capital square! Surely, for those unfamiliar with Iran’s politics and people, it would be easy to misrepresent the situation.  Furthermore, for those non-Iranians who look upon Iran as the culmination of their Islamist fantasies, it would be imperative to prove that the large scale demonstrations in Iran were nothing more than sour grapes by a limited elite section of the population. Continue reading


Filed under Pakistan

King of Pop Michael Jackson (1958-2009) Rest in Peace

Courtesy CNN.COM

Courtesy CNN.COM

We at PakTeaHouse join the rest of the world in mourning the passing of the King of Pop.   For many of us,   he was the only face of western music in Pakistan the 1980s.   We grew up admiring him, trying to moonwalk like him and trying to scream like him.  

The King led a tormented life.  May he rest in peace now.   As for us,  we were lucky to have lived in the era of the King of Pop.


Filed under Music

Islamic Reformation V



Filed under Iran, Islam

Dawn News:global Pakistani channel?

Viva  Hameed Haroon; Yes We Can!

Bradistan Calling

What have a Euro-Zone bureaucracy and the countries as diverse as Japan, India, UK, Russia, Iran, Germany, France, USA, Qatar and China, got in common? Are they part of an energy cartel or a group of twenty biggest economies? Highly unlikely: given the diversity of the list.

The question becomes more perplexing given the title of this article, who is this gentleman Mr. Haroon? Well Hameed Haroon is the son of a famous Muslim politician of British India Sir. Abdullah Haroon. Hameed Haroon is not running for any political office as the title may mistakenly be interpreted. Continue reading


Filed under Activism, Citizens, culture, Democracy, Economy, Education, Europe, human rights, Identity, Images, India, Iran, Islam, Jinnah, journalism, Karachi, Kashmir, magazines, Media, minorities, Pakistan, Politics, Society, south asia, USA