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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Muhammad Iqbal's Javid Nama explained and explored by Sabahat Rafiq

Have been trying to find time to write on the hazards of being a ‘national poet’, Iqbal’s posthumous transformation.  Will do it one of these days.  Meanwhile, listen to Sabahat Rafiq’s scholarly paper on Muhammad Iqbal’s ‘Javid Nama.’  It was read on Iqbal Day 2014 at the Pakistani American Cultural Center in Milpitas.

Sabahat Rafiq on Javid Nama by cemendtaur

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

A Tribute to Tashie Zaheer

Over 200 people gathered on Friday, December 5, to pay tribute to prominent Bay Area Urdu poet and community leader Tashie Zaheer.  The program was arranged by the friends of Tashie Zaheer and was led by Khalid Rana.
The event was emceed by Arshad Rashid.
Khalid Rana, Abdus Sattar Ghazali, Jafar Shah, Nagesh Avadhany, and G.S. Falak paid tributes to Tashie Zaheer for his leadership at the Urdu Academy of North America.
Tashie Zaheer’s business associates who spoke at the program included D Lawless, C Camacho, and Imran Jaffer.
Muhammad Nazir khan, Suman Taneja, Rubina Qureshi, and Nilofer Khan spoke about Tashie Zaheer’s services for the community.
Two family members who also spoke at the event included Ammar Zaheer, Tashie’s older son, and wife Naheed Zaheer.
Performing Kathak, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh paid a dance tribute to Tashie Zaheer.  Farah Shaikh was accompanied by Ben Kunin on sarod and a tabla player.
In a music program that followed the dance and continued till the wee hours of the morning, Almas Shabvani, Atiya Hai, Nagesh Avadhany, Tina Mann, and Syed Sarwat sang Tashie Zaheer’s poetry.  Music was provided by Ali Shahabuddin on the keyboard and a very talented Ashneel Singh on tabla.

Listen to a partial audio of the program here:

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

'Religion, State, and Society in Pakistan' by Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa

Ayesha Siddiqa's talk on 'Religion, State, and Society in Pakistan- Searching for Identity in an ex-colonial state and elite circulation' was a lot about history: how extremism has flourished in Pakistan throughout country's short history.

This scribe had the following takeaways from Dr. Siddiqa's speech:

1.      Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was confused about the role religion needed to play in Pakistan. [In one speech he talked about people being free to follow whatever belief system they want; in another speech he talked about his desire to have Islamic Sharia as the law of the land.]
2.      A lot of people focus on Zia Ul Haq when they try to identify the source of religious extremism ailing today's Pakistan, but state's shift towards religion had actually started way back and has continued even after Zia Ul Haq.
3.      Today, extremism is growing in Sindh and Balochistan, and religious extremists have penetrated all organs of the state.
4.      There is hardly any space for liberals left to operate, let alone challenge state's drift towards religious extremism.