Monthly Archives: October 2016

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The first Swaraj scheme

October 31st, 2016|

The outline scheme of Swaraj drafted on the Congress Khilafat Swaraj Party, prepared by Mr. C. R. Das, was laid before a meeting of leading member of the New Party at Bombay on January 29, 1923. There was no time to discuss it properly. Many of the members present (from almost all the larger Congress […]

Akbar the Great

October 27th, 2016|

This article was pubished in Dawn, The Review, sometime in August 2000.

He was raised like an orphan. Not that his parents were dead, but his father was in exile and the little infant was in the custody of its uncle. A merciless uncle he was, for he had wrung the infant, barely a few months […]

Immortal beloved

October 18th, 2016|

This article was published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, June 17, 2012.

Layla and Majnun, Shireen and Farhad … these are the lovers of legend, whose romances have been told and retold for centuries. But how many know of the Persian poet Nezami Ganjavi who re-imagined these timeless tales? And how many know that he […]

Profile: Dr Waheed Qureshi

October 17th, 2016|

The article was published in Dawn, Tuesday Review, February 27-March 4, 1996.

The scholar gypsy

Dr Qureshi evaded my request for his resume in a light vein. “There have been so many interviews about my life. Why not base this one on my thoughts alone?”

And which of his works would he consider to be the pinnacle of […]

The soul of all human beings

October 15th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn on March 21, 2010 as ‘The spirit of all human beings’. It was later pointed out by M. Suheyl Umar that ‘soul’ rather than ‘spirit’ is a more appropriate translation of the original phrase used by Sir Syed. The word ‘spirit’ has therefore been replaced with ‘soul’ in the […]

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: the pioneer of humanism

October 14th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in August 2001. Some spellings have been changed for consistency: Ahmad instead of Ahmed, and Ain-i-Akbari and Sarkashi-i-Zila instead of Ain-e-Akbari and Sarkashi-e-Zila respectively.

Never was a greater intellectual born among the Muslims of India than Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. He was in a league of his […]