Tahir Wadood Malik

  • TDuring the German bombing of London, Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a briefing on the economic collapse suffered due to the bombings asked, “Are the courts functioning?” On getting the answer in the affirmative, Churchill said, “Thank God. If the courts are working, ...

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  • TThe last time I walked anywhere in Lahore was in 1994. It was a fragrant, fresh and green city. A city of gardens, colleges, and beautiful dreams. The vendors put things you bought in paper bags, and grocery bags were made of cloth. People in the street did not stare, and gave way because they were ...

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  • TDo you remember a good day in the recent past? Or week, or month? Someone may say that is one open ended question if there can be one; I say maybe that is intended! A couple of recent events have added to the current state of despondency and general malaise that afflicts us as a society, and this I ...

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  • TManagement teaches us that managers are responsible for performing the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling. The generally accepted definition of a politician is a person professionally involved in politics, as a candidate for an elected position or a holder of an ...

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  • TWearing a soiled white shalwar qamiz, the emaciated man stood next to the garbage dumpster, looking at our trash deciding what was worth scavenging. Another person carrying a shopping bag approached the dumpster, with fingers pinching his nose to avoid the rotting odor; he threw the bag into the ...

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  • T“Salaam sir jee, ki haal ai?” (Salaam sir, how are you?), the street sweeper greeted me the other morning. “Was’salam, theek, tera ki haal ai?” (Was’salam, I am good, how are you), I replied. “Sir jee aye Yam’aan ki aie?” (Sir, what is this ...

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  • TIt is said that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. However the one I like the most says that “a committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing and together decide that nothing can be done.” More on this in a while. My first acquaintance with a ...

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  • TOn 23rd March 1940 the Lahore Resolution was adopted by the All India Muslim League at their moot at Manto Park Lahore. It is termed by many as a milestone in the history of India, and as others would like to say a landmark in the history of the Muslims of the sub-continent. Ever since I can ...

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  • TAs I took to my study to write this on Monday afternoon, channel after channel on the TV in the lounge was beaming minute by minute live coverage of the news which since Sunday, was from or about Youhanabad a predominantly Christian community next to some posh housing localities in Lahore. The ...

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  • T“Wake up.” As a 12 year old, unlike 12 year old kids of today, I never even thought that not getting up could be an option. This “Wakeup” call by my mother was sacred. In the days before piped gas came to town, and geysers became common, getting up on the call especially ...

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  • TYour leadership will be a reflection of you (the people), is oft quoted to deride the majority of us who have elected the rulers after whose election we rue our fate. And I have no doubt that the majority of us do use this quote not to justify the irrationality of our rulers’ actions, but the ...

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  • TA little over five years ago, I needed to talk to someone, anyone. I needed catharsis to find if the doubts, fears and guilt I faced were mine alone, or I was part of a larger group with similar issues. And I found myself stonewalled at every step. No one was ready to listen to me. Every one found ...

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  • TLet’s forget political manifestos for a while and take time out of our busy morning-to-night routine and have a party. Yes, incongruous as it may seem, let’s party! Did you have a fun Valentine’s Day? Or did you as the streamers on the poles in Islamabad and other cities and burka ...

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  • TImage courtesy Tony Payne Online On the first look, this blogpost might come across as an essay on horticulture (particularly on the part of a plant which is under the ground, and which feeds the plant and keeps it rooted to its spot), but it is not. Yes, this blogpost is about roots, but of ...

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  • TOn 14th August 1947, midnight, the Dominion of India was partitioned into two countries, with a lopsided line drawn on a map called the Radcliff Award. According to my father, who was a government employee in New Delhi at that time, Radcliff worked so secretively that many people thought the Lahore ...

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  • TNo I am not trying to make a new word. Although it could be, given what I imply in this article. The dictionary tells us that “collective” is both an adjective (meaning combined, forming a whole), and a noun (meaning a collective body; aggregate). And then we have a saying which goes ...

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  • TTerrorism is a mind game. Read, hear or talk of terrorism, and the talk invariably gravitates to terrorist “mindset”. And after five or so minutes of intense discussion the talk veers away to lesser hostile issues. Alas presently no issue is non-hostile and all what affects the common ...

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