Stories for: Mubarak Ali

Past present: Signs for those who observe

The decline and fall of the Mughal Empire mirrors the weakening of the Pakistani state.

Past present: Changing perspectives

In the modern day, Hegel might have been eating crow.

Past present: In the realm of gold

How Africa rose out of darkness to become a rising star.

Past present: The triumph of intellect

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

Past present: ‘Just’ war

History records the horrors and destruction of wars for posterity. Epic poems such as Mahabharata and Iliad portray...

Past present: Fear cuts deeper than swords

Thucydides (d.395 BC) in his History of Peloponnesian wars, not only gives the details of the war fought between...

Past present: Gods of war

Religion has played an important role in wars. In the ancient times, when tribes engaged in bloody conflicts, both...

Past present: The spoils of war

In the ancient and medieval periods, soldiers who were recruited in the army were not paid. In Athens, it was the...

Past present: Cultural carnage

For a vanquished nation, defeat in war is not only politically and financially disastrous but also socially and...

Past present: Soldiers of fortune

For centuries, armies have fought wars with the help of special contingents of soldiers known as mercenaries, who...

Past present: Behind enemy lines

Our ancestors lived in hunter-gatherer societies, after which man transitioned into agriculture and settlement;...

Past present: Gods of war

As traditions evolve with time, societies develop and become modernised. Individuals living in that society,...

Past present: Acts of valour?

The story may or may not be true, but it does have a moral significance and a lesson. It is said that Abudalama, a...

Past present: The rise of Russia

It is thrilling and inspiring to read about societies which transformed from the old system to a new one. Generally,...

Past present: Knowledge at par

For much of his life Charlemagne (800-814), also known as Charles the Great was illiterate, but he was an...

Past Present: Wanted: Agents of change

It is assumed that politicians have a deeper understanding of social, political and economical issues of society....

Past present: Once upon a time in Mohenjodaro

Excavated in the 1920s, the Indus valley civilisation was one of the most unique civilisations of the world. It...

Past present: The cost of progress

The idea of progress came into being in the 18th century Europe, when the European society was advancing without any...

Past present: Don’t romanticise the Raj

The past appears different when it is analysed in the present-day perspective. When the present is peaceful,...

Past present: The margins of history

When Aristotle founded his academy at the Lyceum in 335 BC, the term ‘liberal knowledge’ came into being. Moving...

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Life without dignity

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Parveen Rehman case

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