By Zubeida Mustafa
FIRST it was television. Then came the internet. Our old and familiar friend — the book — has had many detractors. When television made its debut in Pakistan in the mid-1960s it was generally said that the idiot box had pulled away readers from their books. Now this charge is levelled against the digital medium. But the fact is that Pakistan has never been famous for its reading culture.
This has been my observation of decades that our society has an aversion for the printed word as testified by our high illiteracy rate. Ask any librarian, bookseller or publisher and s/he will confirm it. The only books that sell are textbooks and the key/guide books, that should actually be banned. What would teachers do then? Believe me, they are the ones who depend on them more than the children.
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By Zubeida Musrafa
LYARI and Boston. A world separates them. But they have a common
connection. Coach Emad. That was the young man of 24 with a passion for
football. He passed away in May 2018 leaving his family shattered. He
died “of suicide”. That is how his mother, Atia Naqvi, a psychologist,
Mental illness is on the rise in our society, she tells me. It can
lead to suicide. Yet we do not want to talk about it because of the
double stigma. Mental illness is “disgraceful” but suicide is worse.
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By Rifaat Hamid Ghani
Of course Muslims feel that
Islam is one as conveyed by its Holy Prophet (PBUH) in Quranic revelation, and
concretized by his exemplary life. But apart from podium oratory, reality demands
the qualification that, as apparent in contemporary practice, this singleness emerges
in the fact of variously distinct manifold ‘ones’: individual understanding and
schools of interpretation are separate and differ.
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