Dr Saulat Nagi

The writer is based in Australia and has authored books on socialism and history. He can be reached at saulatnagi@hotmail.com

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Give peace a chance

Give peace a chance

Borrowing the negative expression of Dickens one can state, “it was the worst of time, age of foolishness, epoch of incredulity, season of da ...

Come September

Come September

  Certain movies leave an indelible mark on one’s memory. ‘Come September’ was one of those classics. Even today tran ...

Doomed to freedom

Doomed to freedom

The movie "Seven-year itch" provided a delectable expression to Eros, which culminated with a gush of breeze exposing the beautiful architecture of ...

About Panamas and Noriegas

About Panamas and Noriegas

Both Panama and Noriega are so intimately interconnected that separating one from the other appears to be an imponderable task. The history of succ ...

That is not cricket

That is not cricket

“My word Brian it was a sitter” thus roared the voice of a legendary cricket commentator the late Omar Kureishi on BBC radio who along ...

Hell hath no limit

Hell hath no limit

Mustafa Zaidi was one of the leading poetic voices of Pakistan. In one of his beautiful verses, he states: “On whose hands should I seek my ( ...

The processed reality

The processed reality

The true concern of intellect is to investigate the given truth in its totality and negate the reification of thought based on falsification. Inste ...

Suffering which speaks

Suffering which speaks

One distinguished reader of my articles has asked me to scribble something about the plight of his father, who went to Saudi Arabia six months ago ...

Gazing into an abyss (II)

Gazing into an abyss (II)

The political vacuum led to Bonapartism. Pakistan became a state of gunrunners. If today we find ourselves hostage to the non-state armed actors, t ...

Suffering, thy name is woman

Suffering, thy name is woman

Many Muslim societies, living in both Muslim-dominated states and in the Western world, are embracing religious extremism. In most of the west, the ...

God is back?

God is back?

Leaving his legacy behind, another president of the US has eclipsed in the history. The one, who in the ‘best interest’ of human specie ...

USSR: a Marxist critique

USSR: a Marxist critique

Two-and-a-half decades ago, humanity suffered a cataclysmic shock when a society, having the potential of becoming an alternative to the dehumanise ...

The ides of November

The ides of November

Akin to the tempest, which inundates soil, and is cultivated by sweat, tears and toil, the ides of November (Blôtmônað, literally & ...

A  farewell to arms

A farewell to arms

Marx says: “History of India is no history; it is the history of invaders.” The history of Pakistan is no exception with the only diffe ...

Stupidity is bone deep

Stupidity is bone deep

“To shelve the traumatic events, human memory has a tremendous potential of undergoing amnesia, which helps to eclipse the past yet history k ...

Fortune’s fool

Fortune’s fool

History corrects the judgment too late. The correction does not help the victim and does not absolve their executioner —Herbert M ...

The killing spree — II

The killing spree — II

The same holds true for ISIS, an outcome of US intervention in Middle East, if not an outright, well calculated product of imperialist forces. The ...

The killing spree — I

The killing spree — I

Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organisations. It is the rhythm of total destruction — Adorno In the US, the coldblooded ...

Freedom, an illusion

Freedom, an illusion

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others nor our own powerlessness stupefy us. — Theodor Adorno “A Free m ...

Islamic Lutheranism

“One needs either a lot of strength or a lot of stupidity not to lose heart.” — Adorno  Another tempest of Calibanis ...

Eclipsing the past — II

The very idea of being exploited for a very few brings back the subversive force hidden in the memories of an interred past. Prior to the arrival o ...

Eclipsing the past — I

“People are unaware how unfree they are, even where they feel most at liberty, because the rule of such un-freedom has been abstracted from t ...

A persistent syndrome

A persistent syndrome

“In an age of cultural repression and societal dissolution, a revolution in miniature is fomented by the act of having an original thought. T ...

Islamic Fundamerntalism

Islamic Fundamerntalism

Terminologies and notions do not thrive in a vacuum. They owe their origins to certain causes, if not concrete motives, that terminate only after a ...

To thine self be true

To thine self be true

Apparently, the Pakistan Army has decided to call it a day in one of the tempestuous and conflict-ridden provinces of Pakistan, i.e. Balochistan. P ...

Et tu, Brute?

Et tu, Brute?

Evelyn Beatrice Hall in her biography summed up Voltaire’s beliefs, while attributing the following phrase to him, “I disapprove of wha ...

Speaking daggers, using none

Speaking daggers, using none

Friday was yet another day that has left many blemishes on the body politic of Pakistan. Was it purely coincidental that Bugti’s death annive ...

Uneasy lies the head

Uneasy lies the head

It was not in the distant past, though it may seem so given the quick succession in which events are unfolding, when economic turmoil gripped Greec ...

The Devil can cite scripture

The Devil can cite scripture

The anarchy of capitalism is heading towards its climax, so is Obama’s position in his own country, which is turning rather precarious with e ...

Vaulting ambition

Vaulting ambition

Long before Admiral Mike Mullen spoke his mind, the month of May had already dealt a telling blow that left the people of Pakistan bewildered and d ...

The method to Libyan madness

The method to Libyan madness

Libya is convulsed with civil war and hegemonic designs. Once again, history — which is akin to reality, exists but only as the activity of m ...

The evil that men do

The evil that men do

The body politic of Pakistan suffered another serious blow when the Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated in broad daylight. An ...