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Winding down

Published Dec 25, 2011 03:54am


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TODAY, we in Pakistan observe the birthday of the man who founded and made Pakistan just over 64 years ago. It is the official 135th anniversary of the birth of Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

For much of the rest of the world, celebrations are afoot for the assumed 2011th birthday of Jesus of Nazareth, the second in Trinity. And in the ranks of the PML-N no doubt congratulations are being bandied about on the declared birthday of the Mian of Raiwind, two-time prime minister of this 'hard' country, who never manages to cease being politically controversial.

As for Jinnah, what it was he decreed for the country he made was laid out in his seminal speech of Aug 11, 1947, too well known and quoted to bear repetition by us few who wish to abide by his creed.

For those who wish to interpret it their own way, it conforms merely to narrow expedient government vision; and to the bigots and the intolerant who sadly make up the majority of the 180 million it has been discarded or distorted into wishing what they wish it to mean.

His creed is nationally long gone. 'Secular' is almost a treasonous word, tolerance an equally treasonous practice as bigotry is largely the order of the day. Jinnah's Pakistan became virtually moribund on his death and received the final fatal blow in 1949 when his trusted lieutenants brought in the Objectives Resolution.

From then on, it was a steady downhill dive to where this truncated country now finds itself — isolated and distrusted by much of the world which is concerned about its erratic policies and practices.

The tragedy is that Jinnah, over the tumultuous years, has become more and more irrelevant to the youth of the country, and the elders tend to relegate him to whatever brand of history is convenient.

In February 2010, a columnist writing on this page made a remark directed at me. She informed me that while I search in vain for Jinnah's Pakistan we are threatened with losing Pakistan's Jinnah. “We shouldn't be surprised,” she wrote, “if in a few years time we come across a doctored photograph of the founding father in a turban and beard...”

Jinnah's person and his narrative are being “tinkered with”. A liberal Jinnah is unpalatable. In short, too many Pakistanis have denied and are denying that the man is his own person, that he was what he actually was. A false piety has been forced upon him by the leaderships we have suffered.

He has been kidnapped by those who under no circumstances wish to live in a pluralistic state with a multi-polar polity where religion, in the words of Mr Jinnah, “has nothing to do with the business of the state”.

The columnist ended with a plea that I “do something about getting the founding father back”. Well, it seems to be, at least in my lifetime, an impossible task. All our politicians, in and out of khaki, have blithely and meaninglessly trotted out their intent to restore Jinnah's Pakistan and then done and accepted the exact opposite in the interests of expediency and their shaky chairs.

Now to the tie up with the title of this column. For 22 years I have written for this publication. I started off in 1989 with letters to the editor after Ziaul Haq was taken away by his mangoes, when my old friend Ilahi Bakhsh Soomro was appointed caretaker information minister and removed the stringent Zia press laws.Then at the urging of a couple of Dawn staffers, I started submitting columns to that fine editor, Ahmad Ali Khan. He and his team gave me full cooperation and we had an amicable relationship, as I have had with all subsequent editors, down to young Zaffar Abbas who continues to maintain Dawn as the premier newspaper of the land. I must thank them all.

Thanks also must be extended to those who have helped me in my research and in providing input — to Roland deSouza's involvement with all environmental subjects and issues, and to Amina Jilani who has for the 22 years seen to it that I have made no major blunders as far as the English language is concerned.

On this last Sunday of this year, this is my final column in this space. Now, old at 85, tired, and disillusioned with a country that just cannot pull itself together in any way and get on with life in this day and age, I have decided to call it a day.

To quote Winston Churchill (without at all making any even vague comparison) “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter”. The weekly writing has been a long and rewarding haul, and the column can record a few incidents where it has made a difference. I must also thank all those readers who have responded, generally favourably and with common sense.

Bernard Levin who wrote columns with wit and erudition in The Times (London) from 1970 to 1997 once likened columnists to bakers. Bakers bake bread every morning, it is consumed, digested and forgotten. So is it with our daily columns, they are read, maybe digested, and the newspaper discarded.

This may not be a final farewell as Editor Abbas has most generously told me that in the future should any issue crop up on which I feel I would care to comment, Dawn will carry my column — though few and far between.

So, to all my readers, my best for the festive season and to you all, to Pakistan and Karachi, city of my birth, my wishes that the coming year will be more peaceful, more tranquil and that those that pretend to lead may at least be imbued with a modicum of common sense.

The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

Comments (157) Closed

Qasim Dec 25, 2011 01:03pm
Mr. Cowasjee, we understand your frustrations but wish you could have continued showing mirror to bigots and crooks that have been playing with our fate, some pretending to be democracts and others as saviours since inception. Good luck and wish you all the best especially healthwise.
Hasan Dec 25, 2011 01:14pm
You will be greatly missed!!
Zia Dec 25, 2011 01:22pm
I have been an ardent fan of Mr. Cowasjee's columns. His vision, his forsight & his indepth analysis have helped me form my opinion. I wish him best wishes.
Mobashir Dec 25, 2011 01:33pm
It is a sad moment indeed, because we always enjoyed reading CowasJee's Articles and he is the champion on protecting the much ignored 'Environmental' issues. May God bless him and we pray he accepts Zafar Abbas' request to continue to adore Dawn, even occasionally!
H K Kantharia Dec 25, 2011 01:34pm
Sunday and Dawn will not be same without you
Hasnain Mahmood Ali Dec 25, 2011 01:34pm
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your thoughts and beliefs. Your words have touched and inspired many. Your mission of a safe and prosperous Pakistan in line to Jinnah's Pakistan should be continued. If you can then do continue to write. With best wishes.
Hassan Dec 25, 2011 01:58pm
Mr. Cowasjee, thanks for being honest, a virtue in short supply in Pakistan. You inspired many with your witty and to the point columns. You will always be remembered.
IndianWhoLikesReadin Dec 25, 2011 01:58pm
Sir, While your columns may have been addressed with Karachi/Pakistan in mind, the same could very well have been applicable for an Indian city/India too. Sincere Regards.
Lakshmidhar Malaviya Dec 25, 2011 02:03pm
My dear Cowasjee sahab, One of your many readers, who has been pursuing you for years, sitting here thousands of miles away, was doubly saddened by your latest article. I, for one, shall not say, nor accept from you, a good bye. Junior to you by just a couple of years, to your 85 years, I shall say : So, till I see you again ... Lakshmidhar Malaviya Kyoto, Japan
Ahmed Hasan Dec 25, 2011 02:19pm
Thank you Mr Cowasjee for all your contributions - I look forward to reading/learning further from you!
Khalid Dec 25, 2011 02:20pm
You are a great Pakistani and I salute your courage and your unabated writings to educate us Pakistanis. Your column will be greatly missed. We need another Ardeshir to carry the message forward. Good luck and may god bless you with health and happiness.
Danish Dec 25, 2011 02:26pm
I have been reading your columns since my childhood and I always liked your straigh forwardness. Your services for Pakistan and especially the city of Karachi will always be remembered.
Hussain Khan Dec 25, 2011 02:34pm
Sir Cowasjee, I have learnt a lot from reading your articles, especially about our "actual history" which led to the partition of India and the history of Karachi. You are a true Pakistani, as the Quaid, would have wished. I hope you would find some time and write, to educate,motivate broaden the outlook of our younger generation with respect to TOLERANCE,OPENNESS,EDUCATION and LOVE FOR PKISTAN.
Sharma Dec 25, 2011 02:36pm
Love from India. I have to say that your astute observations and fearless authorship have inspired many in India. Please stay healthy.
Khalid M Dec 25, 2011 02:41pm
Thus dawns the end of an era. You have left a mark on this great nation much deeper than you will ever imagine. Sir, in the opinion of this patriot, you stand with the mightiest heroes this nation has ever produced. You will be dearly missed.
Jawaid Inam Dec 25, 2011 02:42pm
Many things you wrote I didn't agree but a lot, lot,lot many things you wrote I fully ageed. Sir, you played a great innings.Thank you & best of luck, we sure would miss you.
ashraf mohammad Dec 25, 2011 02:45pm
Thanks, You will be greatly missed and Dawn will not be the same without you.
S A Khan Dec 25, 2011 02:49pm
I am at once glad I had the privilege of reading your 'last' regular column and sad it shows the swift passage of time. Many years I wrote to you how I was exasperated by being published in London & NY but never in Dawn. Your diplomatic reply has stayed with me since: it was, "Don't worry, stick to where you are - they don't understand your language."
Sanam Thariani Dec 25, 2011 02:49pm
You have been the voice we have all wanted to be and never were. I salute your courage and applaud you. Thank you for being a part of our lives for so long- you will be missed
Mansoor Dec 25, 2011 02:57pm
Dear Cowasji Saheb... There is not doubt that you had always led with truthful thaugts and bold column. I am glad to read the Editor's support to the readers that we will keep receiving your comments/columns as and when you feel necessary. May Allah grant you long healthy life
C Roy Dec 25, 2011 03:04pm
Good Bye Mr. Cowasjee... I have been an avid reader of your columns for years... what I know of "the real Pakistan" is thanks to you and your colleagues at Dawn...God Bless!
Zia Hashmi Dec 25, 2011 03:06pm
Mr.Ardeshir Cowasjee My humble tribute to you and your namesake ( and Cousin , I believe) the Late Ardeshir Spencer who taught me Economics at IBA in the late Seventies ,is my elder son lovingly and deliberately named Ardeshir Hashmi, now a Consultant in Internal Medicine completing his Geriatrics Fellowship at Harvard . Besides Allah's Blessings , I am sure the name has got a lot to do with it.
Maheen Usmani Dec 25, 2011 03:18pm
Mr Cowasjee, Dawn will not be the same without you. You are an asset for Pakistan. Here's hoping we glimpse you in Dawn from time to time.
sevenseas Dec 25, 2011 03:22pm
dear cowasjee, i am having difficulty with accepting your decision to slow down...u have given me so many factual stories about our subcontinent,u have been a nurturing soul along with St. patrick,s school & college.hope u read your articles in the future too.regards.
S.A.Ahmed Dec 25, 2011 03:28pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, You were one of the few sane voices which tried make sense of the mindless happenings in our country of the pure. At a time when we need more such voices of tolerance, peace, progress & mordernism and secular values; another one calls it a day. All the best and May God Bless you.
Gaurav Arya Dec 25, 2011 03:29pm
Sir, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for the hours of pleasure your writing has given all of us. I will keep logging on to the Dawn website in the hope that you may write again. Wish you health, prosperity and happiness always. Jai ho.
iqbal Dec 25, 2011 03:35pm
Respected Mr. Cowasjee, We will certainly miss your valour, your passion and your patriotism for Pakistan, for which we all - who call ourselves Pakistanies - should be envious. We will certainly miss you and your columns. May God bless you with health and happiness. Ameen.
JNC Dec 25, 2011 03:36pm
It was a privilege to read your last article. Your honesty and integrity will always be remembered. I wish we had more people like you in this intellectual desert. Thank you Sir! I wish you all the luck.
Ramesh Astik Dec 25, 2011 04:27pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, It had been a ritual on Sundays to read Dawn and your article. Will miss it a lot. Best of luck to you, Sir. Age should not and i hope will not deter you from writing what you feel right.
Mansoor Azam Dec 25, 2011 04:36pm
Respected Sir Cowasjee, it's a sad day indeed, though i still don't believe what i have read. My generation which sought wisdom and sanity from your weekly columns shall have it no more. We who were brain washed through narrowly planned text books and syllabus in our teens got to know the truth from your columns. you became a tower of light and wisdom, and the much needed voice of moderation. i wish you all the well sire. and will be hoping to read some wisdom scribbled by your pen some time soon despite all the intentions shown. You have shown that if there is will to fight, the fight shall go on. and it will.... Wishing u the best of health always. May there always be 6 " of water below your keel.
Khalid Niaz Dec 25, 2011 04:38pm
Dear Mr Cowasjee I have grown up reading your articles. Dawn will never be the same again. I wish you good luck and best of health.
Lajwar Dec 25, 2011 04:52pm
Dear Mr Cowasjee, I hope, wish and pray for a long and healthy life for you. I also hope, wish and pray for you to continue writing for us, the regular readers of your article in Dawn. One of the first things I do on a Sunday morning is to read you and I will thoroughly miss my ritual interaction with you. If you are tired and disillussioned, you have an absolute right to be so, but remember one thing, for me you are and will remain a bright shining beacon of truth, integrity and vivid patriotism. You Mr Cowasjee are a great Pakistani, a loyal visionary and a brave speaker of truth. May Allah give a long and healthy life, (and although you might not agree with me) may you write for us, your ardent intellectual childs. In the end kudos, bravos and a salutations to a brave man, may we get more like you amongst us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and words with us, we will always be your admirers.
Hassan Ali Dec 25, 2011 04:58pm
Sir, It has been a delight to read your article every Sunday and an honour to have to known such an intellectual Pakistani, which are far and few.
Khalid (UK) Dec 25, 2011 05:03pm
Dear Mr Cowasjee, I looked forward to reading your articles every Sunday mornings, you are the only person in Pakistan that has been "telling it like it is" and I will midd the "wit & humour" and especially the way with word you have. Every article has been clearly articulated with all the facts. You will be missed very much! Your articles have" never been dull or un-inspiring" quite the opposite. I wish you the best of health & happiness in your retirement.
Syed Ahsan Awais Dec 25, 2011 05:05pm
Farewell! Sir. It has truly been a pleasure reading your weekly columns. Praying for your good health.
Sarosh Anwar Dec 25, 2011 05:21pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, I have looked forward to your columns since they began. Thank you among many things for making me acquainted with the sayings of Dastur Dhalla earlier this year. I found and read his biography on the net and feel that one of the redeeming factors for mankind is to have humans like you. May each day that God grants to you be filled with passion and something for you to look forward to. Sarosh Anwar
Moin Qureshi, Melbou Dec 25, 2011 05:33pm
Sir,Thanks for lighting the dark allies for long of this disturbed land.Your weekly writing at the age mentioned shows the ultimate love and loyalty to your place of birth, country and its people.May God bless you with long life, health and happiness and you may find this country as dreamed by its founder in your life time.
Faiza Dec 25, 2011 05:33pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee...Your columns were an integral part of my Sunday...I wish you good health and happiness and hope that we may atleast take the first step towards Jinnah's Pakistan in your lifetime
Dr Fazal Ur Rehman Dec 25, 2011 05:48pm
Mr.Cowasjee I do not want to say Good Bye but May God bless you.You have shown the courage, strength and magnanimity which is seldom seen in Pakistan now a days and I as a Pakistani salute you for your contributions to the DEAF,DUMB and BLIND masses.But they do not understand.
Enter your name... Dec 25, 2011 06:09pm
Dear Sir: Greetings from India. I enjoy reading Dawn and have always looked forward to your columns in particular. I am sad to hear that you are retiring but I wish you the best and good health. Your writing transcends borders and I hope you consider writing an autobiography.
Abdul Hakim Dec 25, 2011 06:12pm
Mr Cowasjee . You are 85 yrs young not old. We will miss your articles. Dawn will not be the same without you. Please keep writing whenever you get a chance as we desparately need people of your caliber and wisdom to point out the faults in our wretched society
RK Dec 25, 2011 06:15pm
From an Indian reader in the USA, the fond wish and prayer that you have a long and healthy retirement and that we have the opportunity to hear from you again.
RY Deshpande Dec 25, 2011 06:18pm
I’ve always appreciated your columns which come with tremendous sense of maturity and universality which are rare these days. You see issues in their broad perspective more than in their contextual setting. There is the perception of the associations of history with an impact to mould minds of men and women. If I’ve to remember two names, I’d class you in the category of Frank Moraes and Walt Lippmann who saw larger movements of time in the intervals in which events were happening. Wishing the best always for you.
Muhammad Dec 25, 2011 06:31pm
Farewell, Sir. It has been a pleasure. Regards,
alok agarwal Dec 25, 2011 06:36pm
for over a decade, every sunday i eagerly awaited your column. Pearls of wisdom, a sane voice in increasingly not so sane Pakistan. I am going to miss you. wish you all the best and Pakistan too.
Naveed Khan Dec 25, 2011 06:50pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, Thank you.
Devakumar,USA Dec 25, 2011 06:54pm
May God bless you with good health and peace. You have shown that rational thought and goodwill have survived against incredible odds in Pakistan. I hope the sincere attempts to steer the country towards tolerance,understanding and friendship towards minorities and neighbours will continue through Dawn and others of goodwill. Thank you!
Sundeep Dec 25, 2011 07:02pm
Dear Mr Cowasjee, Please dont quit now. We in the subcontinent need sane and honest voices like yours more than ever before. As an Indian , I delighted in reading your articles. I read Dawn because it carries columns from people like you. Your Maker can wait, maybe your people cant.
Salman Haider Dec 25, 2011 07:06pm
Dear AC. Thank you very much sir for your countless pieces, each passionately carrying messages for Pakistanis and the benefit of our nation. I salute you and may your pen rest but your message and your long life continue. A generation has grown reading your pieces and I share the same hope you have that this generation heed your words. It is very sad that your last piece still carries your disappointment with what we as a country have achieved in 60 years, and only hope that you see better days to follow and Jinnah's vision become reality.
S Barot Dec 25, 2011 07:21pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, This is indeed a sad day for the readers. I am an Indian living in US. I have always enjoyed your columns and very balanced articles. Kudos to Dawn for allowing to write your way! You will be missed. We need you...please do write when you feel like. Wish you very best for your retirement..and please do visit India. I have grown up in an environment full of parsis. I am sure you have some relatives there.
N Yousaf Dec 25, 2011 07:48pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee I would like to request you to re-consider your decision. For the last ten years I am only reading your articles and find them close to my heart. I wish and pray for your health, safety and long life. Sir I know that your age which needs rest both mentally and physically but still I would like to request you to kindly keep writing the truth maybe not every week but fortnightly but please please dont leave us. We are in need of people like you, you are an asset to your nation our country so please dont leave us.
Hafiz Akeel Ahmed Dec 25, 2011 08:00pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, more than five years down the line since I have kepy on reading your columns with engrossment. Your way of writing reflects that you are an indeed a true Pakistan citizen, who loves this homeland from the core of his heart. I look for such a Pakistan as you envisage in your writings. Please keep on writing. May God bless you for your interminable efforts to shake the citizens of this country from the stupor of inactivity.
muhammad irfan Dec 25, 2011 08:11pm
I wish you well and good health. Now I am approaching middle age and have been reading your column ever since the beginning. You are a voice of sanity in this land of chaos. Please reconsider your decision and try to write if you can
Muezzin Dec 25, 2011 08:12pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, thank you for enriching our lives with your columns. I am 32 today and have been reading your columns with avid interest for more than 15 years. Many around the world shall miss your columns but hopefully we shall still read your occasionally in the Dawn.
muhammad irfan Dec 25, 2011 08:13pm
i wish you health and good luck. I have been reading your column ever since the beginning. You have been a voice of sanity in a land of chaos.
Ameer Rafique Dec 25, 2011 08:52pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, I have always admired your courage to speak forthrightly and honestly about the issues of the day and you love for Karachi which sadly today is just a shell of the great city it could have been. For the younger generation you are a reminder of a differently more civilized city and nation where diversity ( of thought or faith) at least privately was not considered such a threat.
Farooque Dec 25, 2011 08:53pm
Farewell Mr.Ardeshir Cowasjee you will be sorely missed.
Doug Dec 25, 2011 08:57pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, I have only known you a few years through your articles. I know you will meet our Maker but not too soon I trust. Your wise words give me hope that it will end better than it started. God bless and I know I will still look every Sunday for your name.
Deepak Talwar Dec 25, 2011 08:58pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee Sir, Surely you can't be serious that this is your last column in The Dawn. What's to become of our Sunday morning read ? You Sir, to me, are the Khushwant Singh of Pakistan with perhaps an undisclosed naughty side. Farewell, good health and many thanks for giving us the pleasure of reading your wonderful pieces. Warm regards from India.
Muhammad Z Khan Dec 25, 2011 09:21pm
Dear Mr. CowasJee, I have been reading your column for the past two decades and have always enjoyed your humour and your forthright style of writing as well as your insights into the "wonderful" world of Pakistani politics. I wish you a long and healthy life.
Razi Shah Dec 25, 2011 09:14pm
You are very well educated person,in more than one way. You should always say what you have on your mind. No body knows tomorrow.
sid Dec 25, 2011 09:15pm
Good bye sir... enjoy your retirement , we all wish you the very best.. Dawn has lost a pillar of stregth
GKrishnan Dec 25, 2011 09:20pm
Sir, your last words "common-sense", is why exactly you still need to contribute to our collective sensibility till your last breath. Hope you will do that till in years at least, you complete a century.
Vikram Dec 25, 2011 09:22pm
Farewell, may God be with you.
Muhammad Z Khan Dec 25, 2011 04:21pm
Dear Mr. CowasJee, I have been reading your column for the past two decades and have always enjoyed your humour and your forthright style of writing as well as your insights into the "wonderful" world of Pakistani politics. I wish you a long and healthy life.
Sunil Dec 25, 2011 09:34pm
It was a pleasure to read your article. You will be missed, sir. Have a good life & health ahead.
Tausif Kamal Dec 25, 2011 09:43pm
Our hearts are today filled with sadness and remorse: sadness at your decision to quit writing these columns and remorse at the unenviable plight of this country- isolated, poor,at the bottom of the heap of nations and home of the scores of murderous, bigoted, fascist terror organizations. Cowasjee Saheb, you're never too old to write and to continue to admonish our fellow citizens, who like errant children have never listened to you...Wishing you the very best
Absar Dec 25, 2011 09:54pm
Sunday has always reminded me of your columns for a long time to date. I wish you write occasionally at least. Your writings will be missed surely. Best and be well, sire!
Sultan Rizvi Dec 25, 2011 10:00pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, I always apreciated your articles and read them whenever I could. I feel very sad that I and many people I know would miss your wunderful (and outspoken) contributions. May God bless you. Auf Wiedersehen! (if not in this world then in the other).
Abbas Sayed Dec 25, 2011 10:06pm
Dear Ardeshir Cowajee: I wish you a happy retirement . Your writings were a an eye openings to who are runing the country over 60 years . I been your fan since I started reading Dawn newspaper online . I think your writings are very good .You are in a class in itself. I hope that you keep writing on certain occasions as your advice is needed for those who live inside and outside of Pakistan . Have a healthy and happy years of retirement.
Abdul R. Batada Dec 25, 2011 10:06pm
Dear Cowasji It is hard to believe that you are leaving specially at a time when your presence is most needed. Your columns in Dawn were spectacular and I have the honor of reading most of them. The Love for our country and specially your interest about Karachi are noteworthy. Your columns generally highlighted the wrongdoings of our politicians which promoted awareness among people about their so called leaders. I will miss you very much. I pray to God for your health and happiness.
S Chaudary Dec 25, 2011 10:13pm
Sir May God bless you with a healthy retirement and certainly miss your Sunday's column.
S Chaudary Dec 25, 2011 10:20pm
Sir Thanks for all these years, I, like thousands others, have enjoyed your columns, May God bless you with a healthy retirement.
hans Dec 25, 2011 10:29pm
A fitting tribute to Mr. Cowasjee from his readers from far and away.A writer can not stay away from his writing pad for very long.Hope to read your sane thoughts soon. God bless you,Mr. Cowasjee.
sundeep kumar Dec 25, 2011 10:45pm
You will be missed :( best wishes for your health.
Altaf Ibrahim Dec 25, 2011 10:49pm
Mr Cowasjee, Sir! you were a sane voice in an insane era. The last of the old guards. A man of infinite wisdom, focused on the greater good for mankind. Perhaps after a break of a few months, you may write for us, your loyal readers. You have made a positive difference, and have touched the lives of many. We Salute you.
Lawangeen Dec 25, 2011 10:49pm
Hay Cowasjee - You old man with young soul - Winding down is your right - do so from a weekly to a monthly post. Do it for the youth that has lost everything - growing in wilderness in search of role models. Your reflections from past plus frequently putting forward social issues, sweet and sorrow weekly punch will be missed. You were lucky to have seen some good men - and never shied of sharing good memories. Besides us, the parks and trees you saved will miss you. Stay hungry say foolish (Jobs) and stay young at heart. Think again.
kammi kameen Dec 25, 2011 11:42pm
Another legend leaves us. Are we to take this to mean hope's ebbing away, whatever's left of it? Nay. More Ardeshirs will come. This country is counting on it.
Hindu Dec 25, 2011 11:47pm
From an Indian Hindu: Farewell, Mr Cowasjee. You were a great inspiration to many of us. Thank you for your insightful columns.
sdas Dec 25, 2011 11:55pm
Dear Mr. Hasmi, Your son has great DNA that is obviously coming from you ! And how well you have named him ! Mr. Cowasji, you belong to the world. Can you favor us with more articles, please !
Tariq Feroz Dec 25, 2011 11:57pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee: You are one of those rare people who have the perspective, history, and foresight. I eagerly awaited your writing every week, read it , and have always wondered what was so complicated that the powers that be could not understand. You have the gift of linking yesterday with today and joining it with the future, a rare gift indeed. I wish you all the best and hope that there will be times when your desire to write will overwhelm your wish to be a silent spectator. Best wishes.
MUSHTAQ AHMED Dec 25, 2011 11:58pm
Thank you for giving us the wisdom to think what a true citizen of Jinnah's Pakistan should be. What a great Pakistani ... a true visionary and a brave speaker of facts. My Sunday in the US started with a cup of tea and reading your column.
Yogi Anand Dec 26, 2011 12:02am
Mr. Cowasjee: As a person of Indian origin who was born in Peshawar and now lives in the States I have really enjoyed reading your thoughtful and inspiring words for many years ... and at times when I felt compelled to email you with my comments, I even often heard back from you. Your thoughtful, sane, and inspiring words will be greatly missed. Wishing You All The Very Best!
Rana Hassan Mahmud Dec 26, 2011 12:03am
Dear Mr. Cowasjee: As a Bangladeshi American, my quest to understand what average Pakistanis viewed 1971, led to The Dawn and your articles. You are a living history of the sub-continent. Your thougtful articles every sunday (Sat. night in Los Angeles) was a joy for me to read, appreciate and share with family and friends. Your wit, wisdom, insight and courage made us a better person everyday. I shall greatly appreciate if you consider to put all your articles in a book form for our future generations. Your articles transcends borders, cultures and certainly religions. You will be missed. May God bless you. With best regards,
Ravindra Khanna Dec 26, 2011 12:18am
It was always pleasure to read your article. You always presented the better and intellectual side of your country. Wish you the best !!
Nizar Jooma Dec 26, 2011 12:32am
Allama Iqbal who penned the famous Tarana-e-Hind "Sare jahanse achaa Hindutan hamara ...." which brought tears to Gandhi's eyes was obliged to write to the Quaid on 21st June 1937 "you are the only Muslim in India today to whom the Community has a right to look up for safe guidance through the storm .... the new Constitution is such that even in Muslim majority provinces, the Muslims are entirely dependent on Hindus..... Gokhale and Tilak's Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity was left no choice but to seek an independent homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent. Even a person of Quaid's calibre was expected to either tow the line of the Hindu-dominated Congress or ...... However overall with much pain it suffices to say that we have totally let down our beloved Quaid - the Pakistan of Iqbal and Jinnah's vision simply does not exist - a Pakistan which would provide equal rights and opportunities to all is citizens irrespective of their religion and where minorites will be treated with respect. All we can do is pray that the Great Quaid's soul rests in peace and may be some day we actually understand why Pakistan was created.
Arun Dec 26, 2011 12:38am
Respected Sir, I feel your self imposed retirement is rather premature! Yours was the sane voice which served as a beacon of hope and guidance in troubled times. You will be missed very much. Imagining Dawn without your illuminating articles is difficult. You are truly an asset of all humanity. God bless you.
Maria Dec 26, 2011 12:42am
Mr. Cowasjee It's sad to know that this is probably the last article that I get to read, written by you. These 35 years of my life I have grown up listening to your name and when I started reading newspapers I would make it a point to read your article. I grew up listening to my elders, " array aaj cowasjee ka article parha". Or " array kya likhta hai cowasjee". These words would ring in my ears from a very young age and so for me to read cowasjee sort of came naturally. My dad was an avid reader of Cowasjee Kay articles! And we would discuss them too. He passed away two and a half years ago and I made sure I read every time you wrote and in my own mind figure out what my baba would have said. Its strange now to think that there will be no cowasjee in dawn anymore cause somehow I never imagined that you would stop writing! I do wish you health and all the best. And secretly I do wish I continue to hear these comments Kay Cowasjee kya likhta hai!
Sajid Sadeem Dec 26, 2011 12:48am
Thoroughly enjoyed your writings, Ardeshir Cowasjee. You would be missed. Peace and health.
Somnath Mukherjee Dec 26, 2011 12:47am
Dear Sir, Would be missing your column. Fervent hope is that you would find a lot of issues, where you would care to comment. Thanking you for enlightening me, to the little extent I am capable of. Yours Sincerely, Somnath Mukherjee
Hanif Qureshi Dec 26, 2011 12:52am
Dear Cowasjee, I have always read your articles with passion. You and the entire Parsi community deserve to be thanked for your continued struggle throughout your life. I wish we had few more people like you in Pakistan. I wish you the best when you meet the Maker.
Ejaz & Humera (T Dec 26, 2011 12:54am
Would be great if Dawn reprinted some of your most memorable columns.
utpal chattopadhyay Dec 26, 2011 12:59am
Sir, bitter sweet to read this. I will miss your writing. Here is wishing you the best ....
shadi Dec 26, 2011 12:58am
It is indeed a shock to red that Mr. Cowasjee column will be not weekly as we have become used to enjoying the truth. His far and few between columns will be awaited eagerly and we will indeed feel hollow without his writings. Time must march on and what a pity that when Pakistan needs some elder who can write without fear decided to retire. We will miss you. Good Luck and may God bless you
Abid Syed Dec 26, 2011 01:02am
Dear Mr.Cowasjee, I have always enjoyed your writings. Truth to Power, Candour and honesty of purpose has been the hallmark of your writings. You swam against the tide, and we need many more to carry that emblem forward, to march towards a peaceful, and just society premised on tolerance and fairness. Good luck and many blessings
Gaurang Vin Dec 26, 2011 01:05am
I am an Indian residing in the U.S. had always "feared" this day would come! Have greatly enjoyed your fearless, honest but simple and profound thoughts. Also loved your sense of humor. But, dear Cowasjee, may your and my and everyone else's Maker (although many people like to think that there is a separate Maker of Muslims, Parsis, Hindus, ...) bestow upon you wonderful, healthy, peaceful life.
temporal Dec 26, 2011 01:10am
fi amanullah. will miss you sir
saad Dec 26, 2011 01:10am
Mr. Cowasjee, Thank You. You will be missed, the only reason I read Dawn was to read your columns. May God Bless you for all your good work, words of wisdom..
Ayub Dec 26, 2011 01:23am
Whenever, I pick up the Dawn paper I first look for your column.I read your columns with great interest. I have learnt a lot from your messages. I will be in great loss with your missing. I beg you to kindly reverse the decision, and continue to inspire the readers with your golden words of your columns. We like you too much.
Aun Dec 26, 2011 01:25am
Great articles. I was started reading your articles when I was kn 10 th class. I really miss ur articles and u.
Murtaza from NYC Dec 26, 2011 01:52am
Hi Mr. Cowasjee, Ever since I have been a kid, I grew up reading all your columns on a weekly basis upon the insistence of my beloved late grandfather to grasp the English language and understand world affairs. You are one of the last great intellectuals from my grandfather's era who experienced the great events of the 20th century such as world war 2, partition/independence and the changing landscape of Pakistani politics, culture and society. My late grandfather also shared most of your views on Pakistan of how the birth of a new country went wrong. I like other Pakistanis have fled to greener pastures abroad just to avoid the daily drama of extreme struggle and corruption that has destroyed many opportunities for the youth inside in Pakistan. But in short, I admire you as the most outspoken critic ever born in this part of the world i.e. South Asia. You are indeed a cultural icon for many young readers around the world with your views ranging from literature to environmental science. I wish you all the best and a happy retirement! I like to end my tribute towards your contribution as one of the greatest columnist by stating some of the quotes from the great George Bernard Shaw: "A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry." Regards, Murtaza from NYC
agha Dec 26, 2011 01:54am
Thanks Sir Cowasjee. Live in peace and good health.
Mumtaz Nizami Dec 26, 2011 02:04am
My greatest respects to you Mr. Cowasji. Your writings were always enlightening for me. I am now a US citizen of Pakistani origin for 37 years in US. I am an optimist. I may not be around but I am sure Pakistn will become what Qauid envisioned to be one day.... That day will Insha Allah come, I believe..... I will miss your column..... Allah Hafiz.
Ashok Dec 26, 2011 02:14am
Dear Respected Sir, I am an Indian and have been a fan of yours since I visited this news site.I got tied to this news site after I started your columns.Pakistan and Dawn was very fortunate to have a wise personality like you who always had the courage of being truthful and blunt in his expressions. A per son who has seen pakistan right since its birth. We all will miss you and your columns. May GOD give you good health. I have seen all your interviews posted on youtube. I just wish if I could meet you once. My Best Wishes Ashok Pandey
Tarique Hussain Dec 26, 2011 02:58am
Your column and views have always been a beacon of light and hope for millions of your readers, especially the ones on the plight of Karachi and your forthright opinions on our beloved Quaid-i-Azam. You will be greatly missed. Please do continue to enlighten us with your comments from time to time as you have promised. We wish you good health and a very happy and well deserved retirement.
Guru Ganesan Dec 26, 2011 04:01am
respected Cowasjee, Today I read your column- a tribute to the founder of Pakistan. Then I am stunned - Your words of wisdom that pervades both Pakistan and India will not be a regular feature in Dawn.Hope your wisdom would spark itrmittently to benefit all. Pra God for your long peaceful retirement. Still stunned with drops of my tears as my signature With my affectionate respects GURU
Muhammad Abdullah Dec 26, 2011 04:24am
Wish you all the best Sir. all of these years, I enjoyed your columns. It was a pleasure reading them all. I hope you keep on contributing sometimes whenever you feel like. I will wait. Sunday's Dawn wont be the same without you. I hope someone close to your caliber contributes to your section
Sadia Malik Dec 26, 2011 05:03am
Dear Mr Cowasjee, Your columns have not been forgotten bread, more like treasured treats savoured by your readers. Thank you for writing so fearlessly. Surely you exposed many a hapless bakers dishing out stale bread. I wish you the best and hope 2012 will not deny us some more Cowasjee writings.
Sana N Dec 26, 2011 05:38am
I feel lucky to have had the chance of learning from you and hope you will find times and ways, when you share your opinions!
roquefort Dec 26, 2011 07:42am
'People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading'. Reading your columns for years Mr. Cowasjee where to my liking you kept proving a point as one said," if you can't annoy somebody,there's a little point in writing". Will certainly miss you. Bon courage et Bon Annee!
LSharma Dec 26, 2011 07:58am
Sir, Thank you for sharing wisdom and guiding us, we in the subcontinent are lucky to have somebody like you to provide sanity in these time. Your personal experience and historical perspective cannot be replaced, hope the current generations pays attention to wise words. Regards, From USA
sher khan Dec 26, 2011 08:24am
Hello Sir , I'm a student till today I have been reading your article . Your articles are very inspiring and thought provoking although your 85 years but your health condition is quite well . So there is no that you should resign because dawn wouldn't be the same with out I besiege you to rescind your decision and continue your writing for the Dawn. Than you
ibrahim Dec 26, 2011 09:13am
Cowasjee Sir! You are a voice of reason and sanity in a insane era. Your writings have made a positive impact, and you have touched the lives of many of your avid readers. We salute you, and your noble sense of justice and fair play. Pakistan is proud of you. God Bless!
Ayesha Saleem Dec 26, 2011 10:02am
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, I am so sad to hear (read) that you will no longer write regularly....I have grown up reading your columns and always found them to be an objective, illuminating source of light on the murky darkness of Pakistani politics, life, city etc. Worst of all was to read that you are disillusioned (so was I -- until I wrote to you one day out of frustration, and you responded back telling me to never lose hope/faith). So while we all may want to give up hope, we must not as you advised me once... We cannot. :) My best wishes to whatever you chose to undertake in the future, and a sincere Thank you on behalf of everyone who used to enjoy your column!
Ash Nallawalla Melbo Dec 26, 2011 10:22am
Will miss your fine contributions to Dawn. A fine innings, to be proud of.
Afifa Jeelani Dec 26, 2011 10:41am
Mr. Cowasjee, it was always a pleasure reading your column!! you vision, foresight and critical abilities are indeed though provoking and have enabled me to take things from another perspective!! you'll be greatly missed!!
Noreen Shams Dec 26, 2011 11:49am
the only column I used to read in dawn... you ll be missed sir
Mohsin Dec 26, 2011 12:54pm
Dear Sir, Its strange that your last column in Dawn is my first one of yours to read. That does not mean that I do not know you and respect you for your thoughts, vision and deeds. I have been hearing you on talk shows, many times. I belong to that unfortunate segment of Pakistani generations, who did not get chances to spent time and learn from the elders who has dreamed of a Better Pakistan. I wish if people like you could be heard more loudly, and we could learn and lead our lives for the betterment of this country. I wish you all the health and good luck.
Saad Dec 26, 2011 01:55pm
I have grown up with your columns, sir, and cannot remember a time without them, whether it here or in the various countries I have also called home. I wish you and this country well, and thank you for everything and will miss you.
Salman Danish Khan ( Dec 26, 2011 03:27pm
Sir, I relish your columns and now Dawn will be considerably shorn off eloquence...Very saddening indeed. Wish you come out of the self-imposed retirement soon!
R Vijaynathan Dec 26, 2011 03:28pm
I am an Indian who has made it a point to read The Dawn almost everyday. I have always found your column very illuminating and thought provoking. Pray, you remain fit for many more years and i have the opportunity to read your articles often, Sir.
Munir Kakar Dec 26, 2011 03:50pm
Dear kawasjee I was really shocked that you are calling it a day. I have been a regular reader of your columns and believe you me i used to feel immense pleasure on the prospect of having the opportunity of again reading your valuable thoughts on sunday. I would truely miss you a lot because you were the ardent proponent of a tolerant Pakistan. You were the impassioned advocate of keeping the inhuman bigotary at bay. Your consitent intellectual struggle against the extremism that has pushed this country to the edge of precipice will be remembered. And above all your selfless campaign against rampant corruption of the rich and mighty speaks volumes of your's absolute sincerity and matchless devotion to upheld the cause of serving common people in particular and the country in general. I wish you a healthy new year and in the years to come. With Profound regards Your's Munir Ahmad Kakar Quetta
Khawar Sohail Dec 26, 2011 03:51pm
Dear Ardeshir Cowasjee: Generations have grown up both in age and intellectual wisdom reading your columns. We are proud of you and you symblolize the Pakistan that Jinnah had envisioned, your place in our hearts and minds is eternal Praying for your health With Love
Rida Jiwani Dec 26, 2011 04:09pm
Mr. Cowasjee, Every Sunday morning i would wake up early, still half a sleep, grab Sundays Dawn and make myself a cup of tea. With great enthusiasm I would quickly go to the editorial page and read your column and then spend rest of the day discussing it with friends and family and with the "pan wala" from across the street. Who by the way, would also always look forward to talking about the issues out country faced and how we could be of any help. This has been my Sunday morning for as long as i remember. This Sunday when i went out to get my cigarettes, the pan wala asked what my favorite Ardeshir Cowasjee has to say today and i could only muster few words. "He said Good Bye!!" Though i wish i could say something, anything to make you change your mind but i am sure you have your valid reasons so i would just thank you for being a great part of my Sundays and know they will never be the same again. My best wishes for your future endeavors. God speed.
Mohammad Dec 26, 2011 05:55pm
Dear Cowasjee sahab, Why do you leave now? I don't think you would have ever left this column. The whole world listened to you and valued your comments. Dawn Sunday held for a special looking forward, to read what your opinion is on what's happening. You are a soldier guarding a frontier post, this column, like all of, we all die one day, yes, but I am sure you would have died with your boos on. But you leave now. I am sure you are very wise and see how you cannot be restrained to tell what you want to say, and hence you choose to leave, call me intuitive or perceptive, but I know, you would never have left. Not you. Such a brave, powerful, not scared of anyone person. So I SALUTE you Sir, that your patience is even a GREATER quality and virtue than your BRAVERY. And your going away and silence speaks for itself. Be well, Great Soldier, Warrior. you are my hero and will always be. May we all have the courage like you to look life in the eye and not be scared of anyone or anything, but God alone. Be well Sir, and farewell. There are other venues Sir, don't leave us, there are other pulpits that will welcome you. In the teeming millions of us quiet, complacent, and subdued masses there are just a handful of Cowasjees. Be with us Sir, don't leave. with love
Irfan Shah Dec 26, 2011 07:24pm
Mr.Cowasjee let me quote your reply when many moons ago I inquired about any book authored by you. "Thank you, thank you. No, no books authored. Too old and tired now. But will plod on with the columns until Kingdom Come. Best AC" Sir still the "Kingdom Come" is far away so please prove yourself true of your words. This is the biggest shock for me for the year 2011 even bigger than the Javed Hashmi's switch over. Reading your column has become my habit and its very difficult to change the habits. I used to wait for the Sunday not for the holiday but for your column. Now Dawn will be deprived of one of its readers. Indeed its a shock for the Dawn readers and it would not be a "happy new year" for them. God bless you.
Mohammad Ali Irshad Dec 26, 2011 07:25pm
Sir, It was pleasure reading your columns .. we have grown up reading them .. no words to express how it will feel flipping dawn pages and not seeing your column ... reading your columns was like witnessing Creation of Pakistan and newly born Pakistan through your eyes .. we hope and pray that INSHALLAH your dream will come true and we will make Pakistan a prosperous country .. Ameen! .. all the best wishes to your health Sir. Regards.
M. Shahid Yousuf Dec 26, 2011 09:14pm
Dear Mr. Cowasjee, With your writings no longer available for us to read, an intellectual vacuum will descend on Pakistan. The lone voice of reason amongst a cacaphony of irrational utterings was one reason we turned to Dawn. With your final comments dawn has turned to dusk. How long will the darkness of the night prevail before another visionary of your stature will arise? Surely none that has seen a better Pakistan. We will miss you.
Muneeb Dec 26, 2011 10:45pm
Dear Mr Cowasjee I have interacted at few times with you on emails. You are best columnist among a few hundered I know. Best Regards Muneeb
Yousuf K. Mirza Dec 27, 2011 01:49am
My Dear Mr. Ardeshir Cowasjee, I was one of your large fan-family and living in Muscat I almost religiously followed your column on the Internet for the last almost 14 years (a friend initially scanned and sent it to me and later I read it on line). Sir, I am addicted to your column and now having anticipatory withdrawal pangs. You Sir, were candid, hit the nail on the head, called a spade a spade, and the pots black. We trusted your opinions and savoured the subtle barbs — we will sorely miss you. Our Sundays will never again be the same. I wish you a long healthy and active life and look forward to at least a monthly column in place of the weekly one. Please Sir, your give us that at the very least!! Best regards Yousuf Muscat, Oman
Rabia Dec 27, 2011 07:35pm
Your contribution to Dawn will always be missed Sir
Farah Dec 27, 2011 10:08pm
Dear Mr.Cowesjee, It was with great great sadness and tears that I read that you are stopping your column. I would religiously read your column first thing sunday morning, excitedly seeing what and who you would expose now! There will be no other Cowesjee I am certain of that! You entertained us, educated us and enlightened us. Words cannot express the depression and loss I am feeling at hearing this news. I wish you good health!!
Waqarn Sheikh Dec 28, 2011 11:42am
Sad to see you go Cowasjee. An era comes to end.
Barkat Ali shishkati Dec 29, 2011 03:31pm
Dear sir, I miss you, your contribution for changing minds like me are unforgetable. Long live COWARJEE and DAWN.
AJ Dec 29, 2011 04:40pm
Mr.Cowasjee, You have been the voice of reason in this country of ours. I have been a long time reader and was lucky enough to be in audience when you received a very well deserved Jinnah award. Sunday's will be incomplete without your columns. Wish you a very healthy and a happy retirement. Best Regards.
Syed A. Mateen Dec 30, 2011 03:08pm
No columnist during the last 22 years has written so much in any newspaper to put Pakistan on the right track from every angle as Mr. Ardeshir Cowasjee did. I wish if every one of us start caring for Pakistan as Mr. Cowasjee did, I think we can put Pakistan back on the right track according to the wishes and desire of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. There are many people like me who would like to benefit from Mr. Cowasjee’s wisdom and request him to continue to write time to time for our guidance. On this earth, I have met Mr. Cowasjee for number of times, but I would also like to meet him in the heaven, when neither Mr. Cowasjee will be alive, nor me. My salute to you Mr. Cowasjee on your enthusiasm, dedication and patriotism.
Mujeeb ur Rehman Niz Dec 30, 2011 08:13pm
Alas !! One of the few voices of sanity is leaving us in the middle of storm of dellusion and mockery of identities. Sir Cowasjee, i have always looked foward to ur articles on current issue and used them as the compass. Lately you have been writing about environmental issues and i guess you were the only author who gave this issue its due consideration. I wish you didn't quit writing.(Dont know why but i feel sad). Thanks a lot for ur precious and realistic contribution. Your humble student. Mujeeb ur Rehman Nizamani
mahendra dave Dec 31, 2011 10:37am
Mr. Cowasji: It was unfortunate that at the tragic event of partition, you happened to be in Karachi. In your God forsaken country, no one will remember the great contribution you have made to the cause of courageous journalism. If you were in India, your name would have been in the forefront in the art of journalism as the names of Ratan Tata in industry and Bhabha in nuclear science,recognized by a grateful nation. Mahendra Dave
Arij Jamil Dec 31, 2011 03:16pm
Goodbye. You've done a great service to this country. You've helped keep issues alive which would have otherwise drifted away with today's tides. Its unfortunate that after all this, you retire disillusioned. ls let it be known that you & all the baby boomers may be disillusioned, but the youth of this country isnt. We see hope, we see our significance in this world and, thanks to the war on terror, although you will disagree, we have rediscovered our identity as the ISLAMIC republic of Pakistan; an identity which fuels this hope & optimism.
Hisam Memon Jan 01, 2012 01:50pm
Dear Cowasjee! It is indeed a loss, you are leaving to write for Dawn now.
Aurang Zeb butt Jan 01, 2012 05:17pm
You can still do a lot... you are still young and your words have inspired many to think and do something for the country. Keep on writing in dawn. We want to read you till the nation stands up.
Iqbal aalam Jan 01, 2012 11:47pm
Mr Cowasji, to see you leave your post is like seeing the last working part of a machine spluttering for the last time before giving up. You were one of the few remaining people in Pakistan who connected with the original ideals and fought to retain them for as long as you could. You fought till the last minute, but lots of us, I am ashamed to admit gave up long time ago as we could see the present outcome and chose to 'live' our limited days on this earth as freethinking people with some self respect. Your service to Pakistan would not be forgotten and future generations may pick up your dropped 'baton' and carry on to achieve the goals you and thousands of us wished. Could you ensure that all your colums are available in printed form and chronological order at a reasonale price, ensuring like Mirza Ghalib their accuracy. Kuda Hafiz.
Syed Musa Raza Garde Jan 03, 2012 04:03am
Dear Sir, Please don't stop writing because your articles are inspiration for youth. I remember I start reading your articles when I got admission in BBA at 2005 and from that day I am reading your articles regularly. Sir I really want to get aware about Pakistan's current activities through your articles as this is the most authentic source for me in London. Sir I ll once again Request you please don't stop writing. write for your readers, as we all want it. We all pray for your health. God Bless you...
Usman Asif Jan 03, 2012 03:57pm
Dear Cowasjee, Your writings and thoughts will surely be missed, but i think you are leaving behind a legacy of admirers who will struggle the same fight you have done your whole life. Thank you wery much for your honest and true words. You are a great inspiration for us all
Mohammad Ayaz Jan 04, 2012 06:05am
My dear Cowasjee...I started reading your column almost quarter of a century back. Had the good fortune of meeting you too...Sundays will never be the same...God bless you..
YT Jan 04, 2012 10:12am
A sad day for all newspaper readers to see Mr Cowasji stop writing his weekly column. I hope he finds many reasons to keep on writing frequesntly, hopefully at least once every month. We thank you for your services to all of us in South Asia. I request Dawn to make collection of all his columns since lastt 22 years available to its reader online. Wishing you best of health.
Abhi Acharya Jan 04, 2012 11:15am
Cowasjee-sahib: Sad that our Voltaire is falling silent. Will miss your passion and wisdom. All across the world, and especially in our subcontinent,"things fall apart, the centre cannot hold". Your voice will be missed. Peace be upon you. Abhi California
Ashok V Desai Jan 04, 2012 11:43am
A brilliant century in the first innings, Mr Cowasjee. There is still an innings left. You should now write columns on India; it would be very good for us to get a view on ourselves from a wayward Pakistani. It will go some way towards getting us out of the rut our thinking about Pakistan runs in.
sadia Jan 04, 2012 05:02pm
Dear sir Your sunday column will be sorely missed by all readers.The voice of sanity is often not presented in such a reasonable and readable format.How about writing a column every couple of months, if weekly may be too much??? your readers would love to have the anticipation
Syed Ali Raza Shah Jan 04, 2012 06:57pm
Thank you Mr. Cowasjee for all that you have bestowed upon us as a gift. The intellectual nourishment gained through your columns will never be forgotten.
Farukh Jan 06, 2012 06:30am
You will be missed sir, God bless you.
Mohammad Saleem Akht Jan 06, 2012 06:31pm
The affairs of country run by politicians, military, judiciary, teachers and other different types of people and I rate you as a reformer, which is integral part of any society. I am sure that lot of time this column changed the position like Glass tower, deal of United Bank etc. I am sure people will really remember you but not consider like bread.
Jawad Yousaf Jan 08, 2012 01:56am
Mr. Cowasjee I have read your columns for the past 19 years, since I landed as a wide eyed teenager in the land of pure. Quaid's dream will one day be realized and while there are reasons to be disillusioned, there are some rays of hope filtering through the dark clowds too. The power of hope is not be underestimated and that is what your column has created among your readers. You will be sorely missed. May God bless you.
Mohammad A. Qadir Jan 08, 2012 03:44am
Dear Mr. Cowasji, Wish you the best of luck and may the new year also bring you best of health. Cheers...
An expatriate Jan 08, 2012 10:22am
Many years have I been gone Your words harkened me back To a glimmer of hope to bygone days A voice of reason pervades The Clifton I grew up in is no more Though St. Pats plods along What abyss comes forth When the thinking is gone Alas you like a candle that shone a light And a wick drowned in melted wax One more beam has gone out Very little hope left As darkness descends But thanks are due For the penmanship you gave Fearless and generous with thought and insight A fond adieu, a fond adieu
Sahar Husain Jan 09, 2012 12:12am
The end of an era. Will miss reading your insightful columns Mr. Cowasjee.
ABDUL KADER HAJEE Jan 09, 2012 01:35am
The free press of Pakistan will suffer an irrepairable damage by your not writing the columns any further. So please revisit your decisions and continue to give us moral courage and enlightement through your writings. This is the voice of we the people of Pakistan. And for sure we believe this is not the time to meet your Maker.May you continue to guide us.