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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, […]

The emergence of a ‘new human being’

March 3rd, 2016|

Seminar, 3 March 2016

Some widespread beliefs of our times are being questioned here, such as the notion that we are living in an age of spiritual decline.

In this paper it is argued that it was no coincidence that between 1887 and 1946, the Indian Muslim community collectively adopted three successive goals and achieved each of […]

Alexander’s epic journey

July 17th, 2005|

Dawn Images, July 17, 2005.

Alexander the Great is the only person to have inspired every single generation for 23 centuries without being a founder of any religion. His is perhaps also the only name to be found among so many different religions and nationalities.

Therefore, it seems strange that no great playwright has attempted to present […]

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 […]

Mumtaz Mahal: the Lady of the Taj Mahal

June 21st, 2001|

Dawn, The Review, sometime in 2001

She lies buried under Taj Mahal. Her name was Arjumand (later Mumtaz Mahal), she was the immortal beloved of Prince Khurram (later Shahjahan), and a daughter of Abul Hasan (later Asaf Khan), a Persian at Jahangir’s court. Historians don’t tell us much about her beyond this. Let’s make an attempt […]

Dara Shikoh: a daydream

March 15th, 2001|

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