Indian history

“Glorious Revolution” and constitutional monarchy in Pakistan

The uncanny similarities between the rule of James II of England and the reign of Imran Khan in Pakistan have already been mentioned in the previous post. What happened next in Britain is now remembered as the Glorious Revolution of 1688. In 1688, the parliament and the army jointly invited the estranged daughter of the …

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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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