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The people’s actor

September 25th, 2016|

Review by Maheen A. Rashdi published in Dawn, Books & Authors, September 25, 2016.

“Shafique’s narrative is addictive, and while you may pick up Waheed Murad: His Life and Our Times out of curiosity … the story that unfolds surpasses expectations. Whilst revealing diverse aspects of Waheed Murad’s personality, Shafique has opened up a new perspective […]

‘Introducing Iqbal’ at Warwick and Oxford

November 21st, 2015|

I got an opportunity to deliver a talk at the University of Warwick on November 9, 2015. It was later repeated at St. Edmond’s Hall, Oxford, on November 15. The title was ‘Introducing Iqbal’. Since then I have received a request to upload the transcript. I offer here the gist of my presentation. 

As a scholar […]

Parallels in history

September 8th, 2015|

In August 1588, the Spanish Armada invaded England with a fleet of 130 ships. It is generally believed now that its defeat was indecisive in strategic terms but became a great propaganda victory for England. The Latin inscription on the commemorative medal is usually translated as ‘God blew with His wind and they were scattered.’ […]

A portrait of the artist as Waheed Murad

December 1st, 2010|

This article was originally published in the magazine, Nukta Art, December 2010. Since then, it has been shared on The Free Library by Farflex, where it is also referenced to the articles on Ibn Tufail and Fred Astair. It is also linked on the Waheed Murad website at Weebly. It can be downloaded as an […]

Samandar, a parable?

November 28th, 2010|

Dawn, Images, November 28, 2010.

On January 6, 1968, the government of President Ayub Khan announced that a conspiracy had been uncovered between some personnel from East Pakistan and Indian politicians to overthrow the government in East Pakistan and establish an independent state of Bangladesh. Twelve days later, the popular Bengali politician Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was […]

Armaan of a nation

March 14th, 2010|

This article was originally published in Dawn Images, March 14, 2010. In presenting it here, I am making two changes to correct a factucal error. The third sentence in the original text was, “Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the dissident foreign minister who was generally identified with a hard line stance against India, had just received an […]