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About Khurram Shafique

Khurram Ali Shafique is the author of several books on Iqbal, including “Iqbal: an Illustrated Biography”, for which he received Presidential Iqbal Award, and the recently published “Iqbal: His Life and Our Times”. He has vast experience as an educationist. He is the founder of Marghdeen Learning Centre, the pioneer of online courses in Iqbal Studies, conducted since May 2011.

Jinnah’s toast to King George VI

August 13th, 2018|

On Wedneday, 13 August 1947, Jinnah held a banquet in honour of the Last Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, at the Governor-General’s House in Karachi. The toast he offered to His Majesty King Goerge VI on this occasion is important because it (a) gives a definite perspective on the colonial past; (b) defines the terms for future […]

Visions Unveiled, my new book

August 11th, 2018|

The 71st Independence Day is just around the corner. So, first of all, I wish everybody a very happy independence day.

Secondly, I want to thank you for being here. This blog has been dormant for quite some time now, with the exception of occasional posts. That was because last year I decided to immerse myself […]

When a Hindu inaugurated the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan

August 10th, 2018|

The inaugural address in the first Constituent Assembly of Pakistan was delivered by a scheduled caste Hindu and not by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, contrary to the widespread misconception. Here is a summary of proceedings and a complete transcript of the address.

The constituent assembly of yet to be born Pakistan met for the first time […]

The ideal ruler in the light of Iqbal’s vision

July 28th, 2018|

According to Iqbal, the purpose of religion is not thinking about life. Instead, religion aims at creating a new type of character, and a new universe suitable for that character. The type of character the Quran wants to produce, and its universe, seem to be given in the story of Zulqarnayn – the ideal ruler […]

Election 2018 – A long-term view

July 26th, 2018|

The election on 25 July 2018 has inspired much-needed optimism as well as serious doubts.

The feeling that we can shape a better future through an election is not new. It was evidently widespread at least during the elections in 1970, 1988 and 2007. The scale, however, is perhaps a lot higher this time.

The accusations of […]

Jinnah quotes on the case for Pakistan

June 5th, 2018|

 One-India fallacy
 Malignant democracy
 Mortal Empire, Immortal League
 Aristocratic radicalism
 New destinies

One-India fallacy

‘…and the so-called one India is only  a means of British domination  and British rule…’

Jinnah, Cairo, December 19, 1946

The one thing which keeps the British in India is the false idea of a United India, as preached by Gandhi. A united India, […]