Pakistan

The independence of India and Pakistan: remembering history
Asia, India, Pakistan

The independence of India and Pakistan: remembering history

Yesterday and today Pakistan and India celebrated the 73rd anniversary of independence from Britain. Pakistan's occurred on 14 August 1947, and India right after, in the first minutes of the day 15. Minutes that ended the more than two hundred years that the court of Saint James reigned over British Raj, your “crown jewel”. Exhausted at the end of World War II and unable to maintain its colonial empire, England started at that moment the process of undoing its dominions; I could no longer claim that "the sun never set in the British Empire ..." India has emerged as a secular nation with a majority Hindu population and a large Muslim minority - the third largest in the world, numerically -, while Pakistan, with a population of g ...
Sufis and the path to paradise
Asia, Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey

Sufis and the path to paradise

"One day, the sun admitted:I'm just a shadow,I wish I could show you the infinite incandescence that launched my brilliant image. I wish I could show you, when you feel alone or in the dark,the surprising light of your own being."                                Khwaja Samsu d-Din Muhammad Hafez (1310 / 1337) I'm giving a course on Asian religions at ESPM - now “virtually” -, coincidentally at this time when a wicked virus is stealing from relatives and friends and confronting us, randomly, with the essential question for most of us, which is the inevitability of Death. In this tense climate - and imponderable -, I thought I could (should...) share with friends some ...
Kashmir: seeking to understand the legacy of colonialism
India, Pakistan

Kashmir: seeking to understand the legacy of colonialism

The government of India revoked, on the last day 05, two articles of its Constitution that established the special status that the State of Jammu-Kashmir has enjoyed since the country's independence, in 1947. Among the legal “embezzlement” are the right to the Constitution itself and exclusive rights for the indigenous population. With this, the region loses its autonomy and is treated like any other state in India. What would be the consequences? I propose to friends to revisit History: The British Crown dominated India from 1858 a 1947. But, at the end of World War II, exhausted, she started the process of decolonizing her territories, starting with the British Raj. For so much, sent a London jurist to Delhi, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, who was tasked with drawing, in a cabinet ...
About Sufism
Afghanistan, India, Pakistan

About Sufism

I am preparing a series of lectures on Islam for the International Relations course at ESPM. This is a topic that I am very interested in, mainly due to the prejudices that are rampant in the West regarding the Muslim faith and community. Having served throughout my career in six countries where Islam is a major presence - India (a 3ª. largest Muslim community on the planet), Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and Jordan - and living with many of its nuances - from fundamentalist severity in Pakistan and Afghanistan to “liberalism” in Kazakhstan - I decided to deepen my studies on Islam and share with friends what I could learn.. And one of the themes that most fascinate me in this universe is Sufism, the mystical current that seeks direct contact ...