F.S. Aijazuddin

The time traveller

We have inherited a strain of Mughal arrogance.

Shooting words

WHATEVER was the name of the driver who took a wrong turning in the Serbian city of Sarajevo a hundred years ago?...

First and last loves

Diplomats are trained to be their country’s watchdogs.

Areas of concern

Unlike Modi, Swaraj has had a smooth ride.

Storm in a teacup

Congress has not yet petrified into a fossil.

New York, New York

NYC practises globalism — ceaselessly.

Voting early

The voting age could be reduced to, say, birth.

Ninety-nine — not out

“I am a Pakistani by birth and at heart” — Khushwant Singh.

The 16th round

THERE is a growl that can be heard across India. It is a sound somewhere between the plaintive whimper of the poor...

Basant manqué

THERE are moments in a city’s life when its performance sometimes equals its reputation. Lahore, once synonymous...

The urban botanist

THE city of Chandigarh is Islamabad gone right. The similarities between these two cities — of their size, the ...

Poor and dead

THERE is hardly a family in Pakistan, middle-class or above, that does not have a relative in Canada, or a juvenile...

Whipsaw of politics

ANYONE expecting an improvement in Pakistan needs to be patient. At its present pace of progress or regress (it...

The voting dead

DEAD leaders in Pakistan do not forfeit their constituencies. If anything, their vote bank increases as time passes....

His eyes have closed

HUMAN beings like Nelson Mandela do not die: they simply stop breathing. Fifty years from now, another generation...

Interfaith monologues

ABRAHAMIC religions have a patrimony of persecution. Over millennia, Judaism has been persecuted by history,...

Devi-yatras here & there

ONE would not have expected to encounter Devi in Balochistan and certainly not in a gully deep in the Kirthar...

The tired Tibetan

THE predicament of the modern Tibetan is a poignant one: how does one believe in rebirth when the very symbol of ...

Latrines and loyalties

SHORT of martyrdom, an extreme test of loyalty is to use the latrines on our side of the Wagah border. They ...