Our fading ‘intellectual heritage’!

"If the earlier writings are fading away and newer ones are finding hard time getting published, it goes without saying that the overall effect on society will be severely detrimental"! Due to a significant decline in reading of books, the intellectual heritage that is contained in our books is slowly being lost. This article talks about the need to conserve this heritage and gives some advice in this regard. Click on the picture above to read it!

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Learning to know the ‘limits’ is also a part of ‘learning!

Delusion of knowledge is worse than not knowing. In contrast, admitting to one's limit of knowledge is considered to be a hallmark of learned people. Whereas the knowledge has spread far and wide in this age of media, a behavior exhibiting a 'delusion of knowing' has probably also seen a rise. Click on the picture to read more!

Is our education really making us ‘humane?’

Whereas the education is generally assessed through literary rates, number of schools, qualifications, publications and the ‘bright careers’, a frequently ignored side to this is that what is the crux of all this education and what sort of educated society do we envision? Are human values an important part of it and should it be a defining part among ‘educated people’? The answer should of course be 'yes' but are we really going in that direction? Click on the picture above to learn more!

‘Fake quotes’ pandemic: Don’t always believe what you read!

Fake and misattributed quotes are a common phenomenon nowadays especially on the internet. Apart from seemingly providing words of 'wisdom and inspiration', they can also be quite misleading. Therefore, this article attempts to mention some famous and interesting instances of misquotations, some possible dangers associated with such 'fake quotes' and some instructions and guidelines on how to avoid them. Click on the picture to read more!

Sultan Aibak’s Tomb in Lahore and our Turkic-Persian Heritage

Qutubuddin Aibak (d 1210) was a Turkic slave who hailed from Central Asia, lived in Iran and Afghanistan (as a slave) and then ruled large areas of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (as a 'Sultan'). He died in Lahore (Pakistan) and was buried here. Today his legacy is hiding from the public eye the way his tomb hides in a congested neighborhood of Lahore. So who was this 'slave turned Sultan' and what effect did his and his succeeding Turkic-Persian dynasties have on the Indian subcontinent (present day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh)? How does this form a historical link between the Indian subcontinent Central Asia and the modern state of Turkey? Click on the picture to find out more!

Remembering Maulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi

It's been 19 years since the esteemed Islamic scholar, historian, and literate, Maulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi, passed away (on 31st December 1999). The variety and extent of his contributions is mesmerizing to say the least! Today, he is still remembered due to his services and, particularly, through his writings which haven been translated in various languages. This article is a brief obituary in his remembrance; click on the picture above and read it through!

The Doctors need to learn ‘Empathy’!

Empathy is a quality that is possessed naturally but it can be learned as well. Whereas it's an important trait for every human being, it is even more important for those who have to 'take care' of others and this very much includes health workers! Doctors, among other health workers, have to interact with people from various backgrounds and diverse problems who have one thing in common - they all need 'care' and some level of 'empathy'! Click on the picture to read more!

University campuses: Venues to camp amid the trash?

This is a satirical article aimed at those university students who casually leave their food leftovers on the tables and benches throughout the university campuses. It is thus a pity that those of our youngsters who come from educated backgrounds, are in the process of acquiring higher education and are mature in their age (if not in their thinking) are paying little or no attention to this growing menace.

The rise of ‘stupidity’ — how knowledge is in decline

Despite the advancements in science and technology and despite the wide access to education and knowledge, are we seeing a significant 'rise in stupidity'? Click on the picture to find out!

Asia Bibi case: Pakistanis need to bridge the ‘mister-mulla’ divide

Since the advent of the British colonialists in the Indian subcontinent, the Muslims of this region (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) have largely remained divided in the camps of conservatives (termed 'Mullahs') and liberals (called 'Misters' in archaic terms). Recently, the case of Asia Bibi in Pakistan became typical manifestation and a hotbed for this century old divide. How should we approach such matters as a nation? Click on the picture to read my opinion!