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The scholar, the sufi, and the fanatic

[This was originally published in DAWN’s blog section and then subsequently also included in the much recommended critical PPP/Let us Build Pakistan site. The link for the latter is http://criticalppp.org/lubp/archives/4072 and for the former is http://blog.dawn.com/2009/12/31/the-scholar-the-sufi-and-the-fanatic/.  The critical PPP site is quite refreshing and has taken on both the naysayers as well as been critical of its own party. Even their news reports are more reliable at times than the mainstream media. In reposting the article, critical PPP has accreditted DAWN. – Ali Abbas]

By Nadeem F. Paracha            Dawn 31st Dec, 2009

Roughly speaking, the political and social aspects of Islam in Pakistan can be seen as existing in and emerging from three distinct sets and clusters of thought. These clusters represent the three variations of political and social Islam that have evolved in this country: modern, popular and conservative. Continue reading


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Lal Salaam to Comrade Sobho Gianchandani

Reading about the demise of Rana Chandar Singh made me think of another old Pakistani from the Hindu community who has lived and served the people in this country without so much as a thankyou note.   I reproduce here an interview the old war horse gave Newsline last year.  Gianchandani sb feels that Pakistan will over look his achievements but we at PakTeaHouse want to salute him twice- first a Lal Salaam for his contributions to the Communist  and progressive causes in Pakistan  and second a Sabz Salaam for being a son of the soil.-YLH

At age 88, Comrade Sobho Gianchandani is one of the oldest living communists in the subcontinent. He has seen it all, done it all – and still believes that communism will return to the world in a big way. In this wide-ranging interview conducted at his Larkana home, where he lives with his family, the “son of the soil,” as he refers to himself, takes Newsline on a reflective journey into the past. From his days at Shantiniketan to his involvement in the politics of pre-Partition and post-Partition Pakistan, it’s been an action-packed life.     Continue reading

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A Leader With A Vision

By Syeda Fizza Batool Gilani

The stage was set and the moment had arrived. It was time to introduce the next generation of Bhutto and Zardari to the world– Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Assefa. Who would have imagined that these children, who had always preferred to stay away from the glitz and paranoia of the dangerous world of politics would one day be entering it albeit, owing to circumstances neither to their liking nor of their own doing. Continue reading


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Rebuttal to a Mullah of Another Kind

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

I am not a Marxist of any kind. Far from it. However I have the greatest respect for Marx and his singular contribution to humanity. I also respect Lenin and the architects of the Bolshevik Revolution. Continue reading


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Secular Blunders


Nadeem Farooq Paracha writing in Dawn:


The late President Anwar El-Sadat of Egypt was assassinated in 1981 by a faction of Egypt’s leading Islamist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is that this was the same organisation that Sadat had purposefully patronised.

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Descent into Irrationality

By Mansur Ejaz of Daily Times

Besides eliminating the Taliban and other jihadis, the basic irrationalities of the system have to be addressed. Otherwise Pakistan will continue to languish in poverty and chaos

Following the legalisation of medical marijuana in California, the ‘pot’ business is booming, and is bringing in large tax revenues for the state. California is generally the leader among the United States in innovation and progressive trends, from healthcare to environmental policy. Usually, the rest of the United States eventually ends up following California.

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Bhutto’s name lives on

By Wajid Shamsul Hassan

Prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed in the dark of the night and rushed for burial to Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in a C-130 as much secretly as professional thieves shroud their prize catch while transporting it to its final destination. Four judges of the Supreme Court from Punjab by ordering his judicial murder (despite an unequivocal acquittal by three upright judges from the smaller provinces who saw no merit in the case of his conviction on trumped up charge of murder) had been promised pelf and power by the general to permanently silence the man who spoke for the people and fought for the rights of the exploited and downtrodden. Continue reading


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