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Banning books – Part II Dr Naazir Mahmood

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Of the 100 books recently banned by the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board, 65 are from the discipline of social studies. A majority of...

Banning books – Part – I Dr Naazir Mahmood

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Imposing bans on books or restricting their circulation has a long history. Civilizations have witnessed destructions of libraries numerous times in history, from the...

Chabahar and China Dr Naazir Mahmood

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As China and Iran were getting closer to each other on Chabahar, on July 15 some explosions were heard and mysterious fires broke out...

Ladakh in the limelight: Part – II

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Discussing Ladakh we must keep in mind that last year in August when the Indian government violated its own constitution to make a unilateral...

Journalism and textbooks: Part – IV- Dr Naazir Mahmood

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In most public-sector colleges and universities of Pakistan, reading Urdu textbooks of journalism is more like regurgitating Pakistan Studies textbooks again and again. Let’s...

Journalism and textbooks: Part – III – Dr Naazir Mahmood

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In the first two parts of this series (June 28 and 29) we started discussing how journalism textbooks in Urdu are overwhelmingly anti-democracy and...

Journalism and textbooks: Part – II – Dr Naazir Mahmood

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The writer holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK and works in Islamabad. The tragedy of textbooks by Dr A S Khurshid and...

Journalism and textbooks – Part I – Dr Naazir Mahmood

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Many senior journalists, and observers of the media in Pakistan often complain about new or younger media professionals who have become self-styled promoters of...

Curriculum, knowledge and universities – Dr Naazir Mahmood

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When you make changes in curriculum, essentially you are making decisions about what kind of knowledge students are going to acquire or build. Of...

Irrfan and Rishi – Dr Naazir Mahmood

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Perhaps the two could not have more different backgrounds before entering the Indian film industry. Rishi had a rich endowment in performing arts inherited...