Our new co-editors

PTH is lucky to have attracted the time and commitment of two formidable co-editors. I am most grateful for BC and AZW to contribute their writings and take the time to edit, moderate and upkeep this cyber-zine. With our formidable YLH, the trio have been helping me in keeping the elusive ‘fine [im]balance here. Please welcome them  – I am sure that their identities are not new to the readers. Here are brief profiles that reflect their interests, pursuits and more – Raza Rumi (founding editor, PTH)

B. Civilian escaped from an unpopular political history as a libertarian into the world of Dilbert. He has recently liberated himself from this refuge and has become a student of Law, not the texts that are taught and qualify a student for a degree, but the great principles underlying the nature and kinds of human interaction. His initial and child-fresh contributions to PTH are based on his dawning understanding of the nature of man and the interaction of man with the cosmos. B Civilian believes in a democratic, plural and progressive Pakistan as envisioned by Jinnah.

AZW is a Pakistani professional, currently found writing for PTH along the icy shores of Lake Ontario. He passionately believes in Pakistan as a progressive Muslim state that can become a model for Muslim world. AZW works in the financial markets, calls reading and long distance running his two favourite interests, if they ever can be classified as interests that are spelled out together. He strongly believes that society is a complex organism, yet for this organism to prosper, the underlying rules are quite simple. To start with, complete rule of law ensuring individual safety, honour, and property rights is a must. The government’s sole role is to provide protection of its citizens, ensure a level playing field for all the society members, and provide healthcare and up to high school education for free to all of its participants. That’s all there is for the government to do. Democracy and capitalism are by nature loud and garrulous. And it pains him to see that Pakistanis frighteningly jump on military bandwagon too often to look for artificial stability. He is cynically optimistic, believing that future is what we make of it, and the direction is as important as where we currently are.

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17 responses to “Our new co-editors

  1. mazbut

    @ RR

    B before sanguine sounds quite ‘sanguine’. It would appear greener to the eyes of respondents if that carmine B(lot) is made to read something befittingly ‘comfortable’??

  2. mazbut

    sorry…plz read Civilian instead of duplicated sanguine!! I must have sighted and got nervous at the ‘scarlet’ hue !

  3. Milind Kher

    BC, AZW and YLH have all been doing super jobs.

    PTH Rocks!! And how!!!

  4. Vajra

    @RR

    Picking up the ‘strong’ thread that has been so kindly provided, could you please ask the Civilian in question, as he seems to be in Mao’s blissful state of perpetual ferment, to let the logic run its course, and allow himself to move from Bloody Civilian to B. Civilian to just B. Civil. This will remind contributors of their primary duty to fellow-contributors, and of course, to all readers.

  5. AZW

    Thanks Raza. PTH has been a big part of my life for the past year and a half. I have learnt, and grown so much after reading and interacting with all the participants here. It is a hidden gem in the massive cyberspace and I hope it will be here for many more years.

    I would also like to say a few things about my Indian friends here on PTH. For all of those who come here and talk to us, challenge us on our comfortable feel good thoughts, and then induce us towards thinking beyond the confines of mundane geography and religiosity, thank you so much. To all of you; Vajras, Gorkis, Hayyers, Luqs, Sameets, Milands, Majumdars, and many more: You are as important to PTH as anyone else, whether he is a Pakistani or not. You have been great friends and colleagues for all of us here at PTH.

  6. bushra naqi

    It really is good to have this platform of PTH where one can say anything without fear of being censored. I am sure most people by now are sick of pretentious, pseudo-religious individuals who rant meaninglessly…

    We need to thank those people who have made this possible..

  7. Hayyer

    Thank You ASW for the kind words. I have enjoyed my time on PTH especially the interaction with you and BC.
    I cannot express how immeasurably broader my perspective on Pakistan has become after interacting with so many intelligent Pakistanis here, reading their comments and responding to them.
    PTH is a gem of a site in the sub continental context.

  8. Thanks everyone and my special gratitude to the three musketeers!!

  9. GSB

    “where one can say anything without fear of being censored”

    hahaha!

  10. rex minor

    I have experienced them as participant co-editors. What impresses me is their politeness and use of civil language. Some of us could learn from these gentlemen.

  11. Gorki

    Bollywood Masala movies are usually loaded with clichés and aphorisms; viewers are presented with a simple black and white world; heroes are lily pure idealists and battle evil against unbelievable odds.

    Still millions of us regularly watch these predictable fares, and allow ourselves to be transported into a utopian world where heroes are pure and the good always triumphs over evil.
    We continue to do so because, sometimes we are indeed surprised in real life to run into people and experiences who are larger than life and are in fact greater than fictitious characters.

    I recently watched one such movie, MNIK; an average bollywood fare yet it brought a lump in my throat at a point where the character who plays the hero’s mother teaches him a simple lesson by drawing a picture on a paper; that people are good and people are bad, and their religion and identity has nothing to do with it.

    Now this is indeed a cliché; one can dismiss it as such, yet it brought a lump to my throat because it actually reiterated a valuable lesson I personally learnt over the last year while visiting PTH reading RR and YLH, and meeting these two memorable people, BC and AZW.

    I must admit that I came hesitantly at first, maybe with a hint of cynicism yet once I got to know these gentlemen better, I feel a little ashamed of even harboring any doubts at all in the first place.

    So Thank you gentlemen and the PTH, for all that you continue to do to make our world better.

    Regards.

  12. aliarqam

    Congrats to both……………….

  13. Ron

    Congratulations to both.

    This interesting place just got more interesting.

    Pak Tea House is by far the best blog on Pakistan and related stuff.

    Good work.

  14. Ron: many thanks for your kind comment. Hope you will continue to visit. Best. RR

  15. B. Civilian

    many thanks raza and the PTH family for the kind words. thanks especially for all that i’ve and continue to learn from all of you.

    i know that i am speaking for all PTH editors when i say that it is the responses and discussion by our readers that we are most eagerly looking forward to every time there is a new post. it is the great collection of wonderfully objective minds, fresh and original perspectives and many formidable intellects that make PTH the invaluable learning resource i’ve found it to be.

  16. BC: you are always welcome! PTH is lucky to have you as part of its core (family) team…

  17. Muhammad Saleh

    I am trying my hard to communicate with Mr Raza Roomi. An article written by him [Essay on the Future of Pakistan: Possible ……….] is not available on the site. I have sent few mails to Mr Roomi but (aginst his routine) he did not reply. This puts me in trouble, I AM WORRIED ABOUT HIM and not much for the article. Please tell me good news about Mr Roomi. I feel if some of my part is missing.
    I love you.