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
Posting by Raza Rumi
Eqbal Ahmad’s death anniversary passed away without the pomp and galore that we assign to such events. Perhaps the best way to remember Eqbal Ahmad is through his insightful, almost prophetic writings. This one in particular is a grim reminder of the blunders that we have committed in the past that are now haunting us in our face. Pak Tea House pays tribute to EA by posting this piece and inviting a discussion on the key issues highlighted therein.
What After Strategic Depth? [Dawn, 23 August 1998]
In his letter to Zarb-i-Momin, the Taliban publication, Mr. Azam Tariq, leader of Pakistan’s violently sectarian Sipah-i-Sahaba party, is ecstatic over his ideological brothers’ recent victories.
PARTITION OF INDIA SERIES
[Dawn, 24 August 1997]
By Eqbal Ahmad
The cold war’s end has yielded a rich harvest of ethnic conflicts. Hence, there is renewed interest in the subject, and some experts in international relations have revived the argument in favour of territorial division as the best way to resolve such conflicts. At a recent conference in Italy a dozen “experts” from the world gathered to discuss the matter. They generated much information, yielded some insights, and offered few answers.
The conference considered five cases: India, Palestine, Cyprus, Ireland, and Bosnia. Since it was the first partition to take place after World War II, the South Asian event came up for discussion first. Most participants judged it to be a successful instance of partition in the sense that even though East Pakistan separated to become Bangladesh, the international boundaries which resulted from the 1947 division of India have remained largely stable, and it is possible today to envisage normal relations among South Asia’s constituent states. Continue reading
I love how connections sometimes just ‘happen’, criss-crossing the world, spanning generations, borders and continents. This particular stream traverses Pakistan’s early progressive struggle to Chicago, an inspiring book by an American who recently received Pakistan’s highest civilian honour, and a Bangladeshi photographer who came to Pakistan to document that moment. Continue reading
By Yasser Latif Hamdani
Barely a few months after he was forcibly evicted (only to be restored) from his official residence, Z H Zaidi, the renowned researcher and the curator of Jinnah Papers has passed away.
In a country where people are left unconnected to their heritage, the loss of great men like Ahmed Hassan Dani, Khalid Hasan and now Zawar Hussain Zaidi is accutely felt. Z H Zaidi, as he was known, was a lone crusader who spent last decade and a half liberating Quaid-e-Azam Mahomed Ali Jinnah’s Papers from government’s stranglehold. His is a profound loss though the work he has done shall remain easy reference for generations to come and one day when Pakistan will relive the legacy of Mr. Jinnah as a progressive and modern republic, we shall honor Zaidi and many like him for the great the work that they undertook on behalf of a nation that was till then in deep slumber. Continue reading