Utopia for a day

The Friday Times | Jan 19, 2007 Imaduddin Ahmed’s  week Regular readers will know that my luck runs short when I enter public spaces in Lahore. Ironically enough, I’ve never had trouble at protests or elections. Yet I found myself to be the proverbial moth to the incandescent flame last Sunday as Annie Aunty, Sarah and Julia came to pick Amme (I now live with my repatriated mother) for the Lahore marathon. I’ve had too much fun revelling in Berkeley and San Francisco street festivals and open air concerts to be deterred by a couple of ugly incidents. Besides, last … Continue reading Utopia for a day

Khan Bahadur Colonel Maulvi Ziauddin Ahmed (1880-1943)

The Friday Times | Jan 12, 2007 Ziauddin Ahmed had a colourful career in the Indian Police Force, after leaving the judiciary. Once on ceremonial guard duty to the visiting Prince of Wales, he responded to the muezzin’s call by removing his ceremonial sword and saying his prayers behind the throne. He was duly charged with dereliction of duty. His defence was that a Muslim owed allegiance to a Higher Throne. Once, he knocked out a white superior officer, who had insulted his mother. He was responsible for Morarji Desai’s removal from the Indian Civil Services. Desai in his autobiography … Continue reading Khan Bahadur Colonel Maulvi Ziauddin Ahmed (1880-1943)