Harris Khalique

COLUMN: REPOSITORY OF IDEAS

COLUMN: REPOSITORY OF IDEAS

It seems that the world has finally begun to follow us. As has happened to Pakistan for decades unending — with a...

Published 19 Jul, 2020 06:46am
COLUMN: THE DECAY OF LANGUAGE

COLUMN: THE DECAY OF LANGUAGE

Prof Navid Shahzad has recently recalled in one of her writings what George Orwell said soon after the Second World...

Published 24 May, 2020 05:26am
COLUMN: BHITAI'S PAKISTAN

COLUMN: BHITAI'S PAKISTAN

Everywhere in the world, people with a literary bent of mind sometimes name their children after poets or writers....

Updated 26 Apr, 2020 11:42am
RISE OF THE NEW REICHS

RISE OF THE NEW REICHS

Is the rise of strong populist men in democracies around the world comparable to the rise of Hitler and Mussolini?

Updated 12 Apr, 2020 07:07am
COLUMN: DALRYMPLE AND BARI ALIG

COLUMN: DALRYMPLE AND BARI ALIG

I am presently engrossed in William Dalrymple’s dazzling work The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India...

Published 23 Feb, 2020 07:06am
COLUMN: THE BROKEN ROPE

COLUMN: THE BROKEN ROPE

For those who have moved across places, there is a town where they dwell and there is a town which dwells inside...

Published 15 Dec, 2019 09:09am
COLUMN: RETURN OF THE NATIVE

COLUMN: RETURN OF THE NATIVE

Back in the 1970s and ’80s, at a fairly young age, it was in his native Lahore that he joined the political...

Published 17 Nov, 2019 07:19am
COLUMN: PORTRAIT OF A NATION

COLUMN: PORTRAIT OF A NATION

She was born in the same year as Allama Muhammad Iqbal, but outlived him by three decades. A true polymath, a woman...

Published 15 Sep, 2019 07:02am
COLUMN: MIR, THE NATIVE POET

COLUMN: MIR, THE NATIVE POET

M.D. Taseer, a leading poet and critic in the early and mid-20th century, gained recognition for his writing under...

Published 11 Aug, 2019 07:06am
COLUMN: CAUGHT BETWEEN BINARIES

COLUMN: CAUGHT BETWEEN BINARIES

In this age of mindless populism, narrow nationalism, renewed misogyny and personality cults, we stand sharply...

Published 14 Jul, 2019 06:55am
COLUMN: ALL IS NOT QUIET

COLUMN: ALL IS NOT QUIET

I begin with a qualification that Pakistan’s intellectual scene — academic, artistic, literary and social — is...

Published 09 Jun, 2019 07:03am
COLUMN: CULTURE VERSUS IDEOLOGY

COLUMN: CULTURE VERSUS IDEOLOGY

It was about 25 years ago — a time of intense political tensions between Sindhi-speaking and non-Sindhi speaking...

Published 21 Apr, 2019 07:10am
COLUMN: DECADENCE OF THE FRENCH

COLUMN: DECADENCE OF THE FRENCH

A certain amount of decadence and rakishness is required to produce a worthwhile work of art or piece of literature....

Published 17 Mar, 2019 07:51am
COLUMN: ODE TO FATHERHOOD

COLUMN: ODE TO FATHERHOOD

Many years ago, after becoming a father I proudly announced it to my friends. Someone close but senior in years...

Published 17 Feb, 2019 07:38am

COLUMN: THE ASH OF GRACE

A short, fidgety old man sporting a neatly trimmed grey beard and usually wearing a lounge suit with a cheerful tie,...

Published 16 Dec, 2018 07:24am
AN ELEGY FOR FAHMIDA APA

AN ELEGY FOR FAHMIDA APA

The passing away last week of Fahmida Riaz, formidable poet, prose writer, translator, feminist and rights activist,

Published 02 Dec, 2018 07:04am