Indian history

Jinnah quotes on the case for Pakistan

 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. …

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Jinnah and Gandhi: a politically incorrect appraisal

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Khanzadeh Begum – At the altar of sacrifice

Dawn, The Review, probably November 30-December 6, 2000 Khanzadeh Begum is one of the forgotten women of history. She played an important role in the careers of Babur and Humayun, and was a pillar of the Mughal dynasty in its formative phase. The early historians, including Babur himself, mention her, but the modern historians often …

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Babur

Dawn, The Review, November 23-29, 2000 ‘Listen to the flute. How it tells its story and complains of separation. It says, I have been crying ever since I was chopped off the reed…’ Thus opened the Mathnavi of Rumi, the favourite reading of Babur’s father Umar Sheikh besides the Holy Quran. Umar Shiekh used to …

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Tamerlane

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, November 9-15, 2000. I stand corrected about my statement: ‘There is a less reliable tradition that in Damascus, Taimur held discourse with the famous historian and sociologist Ibn-i-Khaldun.’ In fact, it is the report of the meeting between Taimur and the poet Hafiz that has been questioned …

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