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November 9th, 2003|

Iqbal’s Relevance Today

November 9th, 2003|

Dawn Books & Authors, 9 November, 2003

Let’s be honest about this. A reference to Iqbal often generates sneers or boredom. So much for 56 years of celebrating Iqbal as the national poet — and celebrating him to death! Let’s approach the question with a fresh start: is he relevant today? Are his works worth the […]

Profile: Muhammad Ali

November 23rd, 2001|

Iqbal

November 1st, 2001|

This article was published in Hamsafar, the PIA magazine, in November – December 2001. I would now like to correct my proposition that according to Iqbal, a human being “is not complete without both the good and the evil”, or that as humans, “we have both the attributes of the Satan and God within ourselves.” […]

Ataturk: the man who dodged a world war

September 21st, 2001|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in September 2001. Since then, especially after 2006, I have come to see that the masses play a much more significant role in the making of history than what I had conceded here (especially in the second paragraph).

After the First World War, the victorious Allies sat […]

Jinnah and Gandhi: a politically incorrect appraisal

September 6th, 2001|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in September 2001. Much could be said on the side of Gandhi, which I could not cover in the limited space of a newspaper article, and hence the “political incorrectness” mentioned in the title.

I would also like to add that since then, I have developed a […]