Griff Witte’s Musharraf’s Military Reaches Deep Into Pakistani Society, WaPo, June 27: “Yet in a country where the military has long been immune from criticism, its extraordinary power is now drawing open contempt from civilians. A campaign against Musharraf that began three months ago, following his suspension of the chief justice, has exploded into a [...]
Omar Ali Khan – an aficionado and connoisseur of the weird and macabre lollywod/Punjabi cinema – has released his first directorial effort: Zibahkhana [literally, Slaughterhouse]. I hope that it gets out on DVD etc. as well. Our ChiTrib recently had Kim Barker’s report, Zombies breathe life into film, that I read and railed against [It [...]
Guest Post by Jonathan Dresner Sepoy has graciously agreed to let me guest-blog my conference experiences again, this time about South Asian studies at the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference (ASPAC). I’m a complete conference geek: I hate missing panels, and I love talking about the panels afterwards. My biggest complaint about this [...]
Christopher Bayly, the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge, author of several books including the seminal Empire and Information: Intelligence gathering and social communication in India 1780-1870 (1996), a doyen of the Cambridge School of [...]
It is really hot out there; the White Sox are in a really bad shape; there is too much test cricket; Lahore is literally melting in 110 degree heat; after an initial good batch, the Marathon mangos are letting me down; my friends are intent on rubbing it in my face; I would like to [...]
It has been all-petition-all-the-time at CM lately. Which is a marked contrast to my usual unflappably complacent demeanor but, if the shit really start to stink, one must light the fire [my grandfather used to say that and it sounds way better in Punjabi. Also, it makes more sense since cow-dung is used as fuel, [...]
Finkelstein’s tenure denial rankles badly those of us determined to keep our visions of activist-scholarship intact in our academic careers. Are we to remain hostage to invested groups turning the screws on the ‘controversy-shy’ administration? Never. DePaul students and faculty are rallying around to protest and being threatened with expulsions and arrests – this cannot [...]
Coach Woolmer not murdered (possibly not even dead but hiking with Elvis in Tashkent?). Now, I feel for poor Inzi. This does confirm that WC 2007 was the biggest cockup in history of World Cups.
Pakistan has its share of violent Islamic extremists, military and civilian. But they are clearly in the minority. The best hope for diluting their political, and geopolitical, influence lies not in heating the pressure cooker of repression, but in promoting the earliest possible democratic elections, Pakistan’s Dictator, June 11, 2007. I should point that the [...]
The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers (Penguin India, 2007), Rs. 395 Corridor (Penguin India, 2004), $13.00 by Sarnath Banerjee Many moons ago Sepoy posted about the forthcoming ‘first ever’ graphic novel from India, Corridor, by Sarnath Banerjee. I picked up Corridor in Delhi a few years ago and recently learned that Banerjee had a new ‘second [...]
He wanted to dream a man; he wanted to dream him in minute entirety and impose him on reality – The Circular Ruins, Jorge Luis Borges. Rawalpindi, Pakistan – September 08, 1970 1. During Ambassador’s conversation with President Yahya here September 8, Yahya said he had been greatly upset by need for his decision to [...]
Last night during the democratic debate, a history professor asked the candidates what they thought of the lack of democracy in Pakistan under Musharraf. Obama responded first with some baloney – something about hunting UBL or something. Hillary followed suit and said she thinks Musharraf is doing the best he can. Only Edwards answered him [...]
A friend is about to embark on a long voyage to the end of the earth in a rattling old jalopy. I decided that he would need a Roadtrip Devi to protect him on his journey.
According to the Daily Mail, police in Kingston now believe Mr Woolmer died of natural causes, brought on by chronic ill-health and possibly diabetes. I like the snake venom theory better.