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Textbook Nationalism

Textbook Nationalism

By Saad Hafiz Prior to and since independence, both India and Pakistan have challenged and manipulated their joint histories for both political and social reasons. Evidently different nationalist ideologies also shape the message in textbooks that India and Pakistan seek to convey to their future citizens. Stark contrasts emerge in the portrayal of political leaders, as well as the causes, consequences and even dates of events. Historical events are politicised to substantiate present events with textbooks used … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Education, History, India, Jinnah, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Partition

Minorities at Cross Roads: Comments on Judicial Pronouncements by Fali Sam Nariman

The elections in April-May, 2014 this year have put a strong majoritarian Government in power at the Centre. I welcome it Whilst I welcome a single-party majority government, I also fear it. Fear it because of past experience with a majoritarian government in the nineteen sixties and nineteen seventies: when the then all-Congress Government had unjustifiably imposed the Internal Emergency of June 1975. And rode rough shod over the liberties of citizens. I cannot forget it nor can I condone it. My wife and I have lived through it and we know how a very large number of people suffered. Traditionally Hinduism has been the most tolerant of all Indian faiths. But – recurrent instances of religious tension fanned by fanaticism and hate-speech has shown that the Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing signs of … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Books, Democracy, Heritage, Hinduism, History, India, minorities, Pak Tea House

The Unpredictables: Part I – 1940s: Partition and Foundation Stones of Cricket in Pakistan (1947 – 1950)

The Unpredictables: Part I – 1940s: Partition and Foundation Stones of Cricket in Pakistan (1947 – 1950)

By Fazal Abbas The eternal drama of Pakistan cricket never ceases to fascinate the fans of Cricket game. Why would it? There are only few teams in world cricket, rather world sports, as unpredictable and mercurial as Pakistan. They will be a laughing stock one day with their amateur performance and next day exhibit flamboyant performance with ability to beat best in the world. If not for Pakistani cricket team, cricket would have been the most … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, Cricket, History, Images, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjab, secular Pakistan, south asia, sport

The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism

Raza Rumi points out the apathy of both Pakistani and Indian twitteratis who are still busy chanting jingoistic slogans amidst huge floods devastating Kashmir on the both sides of Line of Control.   [View the story "The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Climate Change, Images, India, Media, movements, Pakistan, Photos, Punjab, south asia, Storify, Twitter

Photo of the Day: Floods Create Havoc in North Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Floods Create Havoc in North Pakistan

Due to unexpectedly heavy monsoon rains in Punjab and Kashmir huge amount of floods recorded in Punjab rivers. Buildings are half submerged in Wazirabad city. Flood waters from Aik, Pakhu and Bhed nalah submerged Sialkot this morning. View from Chiniot hills, dozens of villages submerged surrounding Chenab river. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Images, Natural Calamity, Pak Tea House, Photo of the Day, Photos, Punjab, water

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency session of Security Council (22-09-1965)

Pak Tea House is sharing this speech of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during an emergency session of Security Council amidst Pakistan and India war of 1965. Sharing historical speeches is an effort of Pak Tea House to record historical speeches and to start a debate. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency session… by razarumi1 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Speech in emergency… by razarumi1 … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Palestine, Politics, south asia, video, violence, war

Music and Post Colonial Identity

Music and Post Colonial Identity

Rchops tweeted an amazing list of songs that deal with post colonial identity. He tweeted   [View the story "Post Colonial Songs" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Bollywood, Colonialism, culture, History, Music, Pak Tea House, Storify, Twitter, video

Photo of the Day: Hindu community celebrates Krishna Janmashtami in Rawalpindi Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Hindu community celebrates Krishna Janmashtami in Rawalpindi Pakistan

Saira Ahmad Nizami Krishna Janmashtami, or sometimes simply as Janmashtami, is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September) in the Hindu calendar. Rasa lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Vrindavan, and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur. Hindu … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Citizens, culture, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, Hinduism, human rights, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, peace, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, secular Pakistan, secularism

Jinnah and the Shahidganj dispute: “Give me more Gokhales”

Jinnah and the Shahidganj dispute: “Give me more Gokhales”

Independence Day special By Yasser Latif Hamdani Jinnah’s role as the main leader of the Pakistan Movement 1940 onwards has overshadowed his other numerous contributions to India in the independence struggle and as a mediator between communities.  Jinnah, who even the mid 1930s, was denounced as “more Congress than Congress” on numerous occasions intervened in inter-communal disputes and resolved them, which tragically have been forgotten because of the partisan approach to the India’s partition.  Indians have since … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Jinnah

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah addresses to the nation on partition on 15 Aug 1947

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah addresses to the nation on partition on 15 Aug 1947

Malik Omaid Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision for the Pakistani state was never controversial. It was nothing new to the people Jinnah was addressing to. But during the course of time when Pakistan’s state adopted the ideology or it was forced to do so, the secular ideas of Jinnah were also made to hide. People now mostly know the idea of Pakistan as an Islamic state. But the 11th August speech was a stone in the way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, human rights, Islam, Jinnah, Karachi, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, minorities, movements, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, Partition, peace, People's Pakistan

Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s speech of June 3, 1947

Pak Tea House is sharing this speech for our readers delivered by Quaid-e-Azam on 3rd June 1947 from the All India Radio in Delhi. This speech was released by all India Radio. Quaid-e-Azam – Speech From All India Radio by razarumi1 Transcript – released by All India Radio 3rd June, 1947 from the All India Radio, New Delhi, giving his reactions to June-3 Plan I am glad that I am afforded an opportunity to speak to you directly through this radio from Delhi. It is the first time, I believe, that a non-official has been afforded an opportunity to address the people through the medium of this powerful instrument direct to the people on political matter. It augurs well and I hope that in the future I shall have greater facilities to enable me … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, India, Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Partition, secular Pakistan, video

Eid Mubarak

To all the readers and friends of Pak Tea House, Eid Mubarak. May this Eid bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all of you and above all Pakistan. Raza Rumi [View the story "Eid Mubarak" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Egalitarian Pakistan, India, Iraq, Islam, liberal Pakistan, Middle East, Pak Tea House, Palestine, Palestine-israel, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Twitter, war

Are Pakistan and Israel Similar Ideological States?

Are Pakistan and Israel Similar Ideological States?

By Fazal Abbas The Israeli onslaught on Gaza enters its third week; more and more evidence of atrocities is being made public, producing widespread expressions of outrage around the world. There have been numerous protests around the world against the war crimes being committed by Israel whereas political leadership of the world, Muslim in particular, remains in slumber. The deaths hike the total Palestinian toll to 583 since the Israeli military launched Operation Protective Edge on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Gandhi, Hinduism, History, India, Jinnah, Kashmir, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestine-israel, Partition, war

Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

By Ahmad Khan ‘Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers’ is an endeavor from one the prominent scholar from the west to undertake a study on the inherited nuclear dangers emanating from one of the de facto nuclear state—Pakistan. Mark Fitzpatrick is currently the director of nonproliferation at International Institute of Strategic Studies London, has pinned down another research articulating the perceptions and realities regarding Pakistan nuclear weapons. Primarily the book is the investigation of the problem that Pakistan is increasing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Nuclear Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process

Pride of “Nuclear State”-Murdering Humanity

Pride of “Nuclear State”-Murdering Humanity

By Syed Foaad Hassan Just when most of us celebrate “Youm e Takbeer” every year, the day when we experimented a device which can tear your flesh , destroy every single tree, bird in-fact every living thing in milliseconds, just when India and Pakistan talk about war, capturing each other’s land and “Ghazwa e Hind” I want to recall “Humanity”. Four years ago more than 100 Ahmadis died brutally during Jumma prayers in Lahore, the Capital of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Doctors, human rights, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, Target Killing, Terrorism, USA, violence