Tag Archives: Edward Said

Is the Check in the Mail?

The Confessions of a Groveling Pakistani Native Orientalist

By PERVEZ HOODBHOY       CounterPunch 14 Dec 2009

Here ye, Counterpunch readers! The victory of Native Orientalists – the ones which the late Edward Said had warned us about – is nearly complete in Pakistan. It has been led by “the minions of Western embassies and Western-financed NGOs” and includes the likes of “Ahmad Rashid, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Najam Sethi, Khaled Ahmad, Irfan Hussain, Husain Haqqani, and P.J.Mir”. Thus declares Mohammad Shahid Alam, a professor of Pakistani origin who teaches at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachussetts. [CounterPunch, 2 Dec 2009] Continue reading

Advertisements

48 Comments

Filed under Islam, Islamism, Left, Pakistan, Taliban

Faiz-Neruda: Great contemporary poets, friends and humanists

Huzaima Bukhari & Dr. Ikramul Haq

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) and Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1910-1984)—contemporary poets, friends and outstanding humanists—have left lasting impression on the world of literature. Their works won global recognition—Neruda was honoured with Nobel Prize for literature in 1971 and Faiz won Lenin Peace Prize in 1962. Both Neruda and Faiz, like many others, notably Nazim Hikmet and Mahmoud Darwish, were essentially humanists, anti-colonialists and anti-imperialists. Their great struggle and works were interwoven—these were inseparable. Their work complimented their struggle and vice versa.

The life and work of Neruda has amazing similarities with that of Faiz.

 

Pable Neruda (1904-1973) Pable Neruda (1904-1973) 

Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under History, Left, Pakistan

On Love: the Politics of Intimacy

In this brief post Shaheryar Ali presents a radical view of intimacy and discusses how the exercise of control and power define, limit and often undo what is termed as “intimacy”. Several readers may not agree with all the points made, but this is an inquiring write-up betraying contradictions of “knowledge” itself. Continue reading

9 Comments

Filed under History, Pakistan, Uncategorized, USA, World

For Salima Hashmi: Arts and Revolution

by Shaheryar Ali

The independence of art — for the revolution.

The revolution — for the complete liberation of art!” Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under Art, Democracy, History, Pakistan, Philosophy, Politics