Thursday, June 4, 2009

Prose about Rashid Minhas (1971)

I am going to read an excerpt from the unpublished biography of Rashid Minhas. The excerpt is mainly the translation of a letter which Rashid wrote to his younger brothers when he was 18. It contains his entire philosophy.

Venue is Teachers' Development Centre (TDC), Karachi. Timing is Saturday, June 6, 2009 from 3 pm to 4 pm. You are welcome to come and join, and entrance is free, but kindly register yourself in advance due to limited number of seats. Send email to Dr. Hena Jawaid at for confirmation and details.

Now, "the forgotten prose" from Jamiluddin Aali, Asar Badayuni, Inaam Durrani and Ibrahim Nafees! Some articles appeared in press soon after the incident and were then forgotten. It intrigues me that most of the issues discussed in recent comments here were actually touched upon by these writers even back in 1971:

§.Rashid created a consensus through his sacrifice when ideologies were only creating dissentions

§.The idea of Pakistan is a unity which cannot be bifurcated in order to graft foreign ideologies over it

§.Rashid's decision was intuitive, and such decisions cannot be taken through minds alone – they involve much more

§.Rashid has moved from "Pakistan" to "the history of Pakistan" and will stay there forever

So many younger readers who commented on recent posts – and who neither saw these writings nor belong to that generation – came up with exactly the same thoughts. How?

Please think about this and let me know as you read the excerpts online: Prose about Rashid Minhas (1971)

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