Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Dara Shikoh: a daydream

August 30th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, March 15-21, 2001. Since then, I have reconsidered my opinion about how the personality of Emperor Jahangir may have influenced his two grandsons, Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb. I hope to offer my revised opinion in a separate post soon. I have not changed anything in the article […]

The Traditional Democracy

August 10th, 2016|

The Traditional Democracy’ is the second part of The New State (1918) by Mary Parker Follett and comprises of 6 chapters.

The individual has a ‘psychic relation’ with the group, and it can be observed in the ‘group process’, i.e. the process through which a group produces an idea by receiving input from each and every […]

What the Quaid said on August 11, 1947, and how it has been distorted

August 9th, 2016|

It seems that both the liberals and the conservatives in Pakistan have been missing the main point of the Quaid’s famous speech.

You are free; you are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong […]

Samandar, a parable?

August 8th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, Images, November 28, 2010. I have often been told by readers that it has been an “eye-opener”. It has also become one of my most popular articles, having been translated into Urdu as well (without credit to me, incidentally). The idea presented here has been developed further in my […]

Political Organization

August 6th, 2016|

Pakistan was created by a political organization but the organization was unlike any other. It was a new type, the technical term for which was ‘group organization’ (although the term was never used by Iqbal or the Quaid, but both were familiar with it). It was believed that the country could only be maintained through […]

Those who defied the sovereignty of Pakistan

August 4th, 2016|

Addressing the constituent assembly of Pakistan (including the present-day Bangladesh) on August 11, 1947, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah said, ‘The first and the foremost thing that I would like to emphasize is this: remember that you are now a sovereign legislative body and you have got all the powers.’ The point is mentioned at least […]