Discovering Pakistan

5, 000 years of Civilization & Culture

Taxila, Intellectual Capital of India

The great city of Takshashila (modern Taxila) was a capital of ancient Gandhara and home to one of the oldest, if not the oldest, university in the world. Takshasila University … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Arthashastra

The Arthashastra is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, authored in the 4th century BCE by Kautilya (popularly known as Chanakya), a professor at Takshashila University and advisor … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Katas Raj – Where Shiva Wept

In 2005, Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani was invited to Pakistan on a goodwill tour. One of the places he visited was Katas Raj, a complex of beautiful, … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Indra’s Beverage

British journalist Alice Albinia travels to the remote valleys of the Hindukush and Karakorum in northwest Pakistan in search of the original “Aryans” and the homeland of the Rigveda. There … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lament of Queen Gandhari

Gandhara was the name of an ancient Vedic kingdom, comprising the Peshawar Valley and Potohar Plateau in Pakistan, and the Kabul Valley in Afghanistan. According to the Sanskrit epic Ramayana, … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lava & Kusha, Founders of Lahore & Kasur

The Ramayana is one of the two great epics of ancient India, ascribed to the Hindu sage Valmiki. Consisting of 24, 000 verses, it tells the story of Rama, king … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Theory of Aryan Race and India

The idea that ancient India was invaded and conquered by fair-skinned, war-like Indo-European tribes from Central Asia who subsequently overthrew the indigenous Indus Valley Civilization and introduced horses, Sanskrit and primitive … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

River Hymn of the Rigveda

The Rigveda is an ancient collection of Sanskrit hymns, counted among the four canonical scriptures of Hinduism, the Vedas. It is one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Cult of Bibi Nani

In Baluchistan today, an obscure saint called Bibi Nani, “Venerated Old Lady”, is revered by Muslims and Hindus alike.  Prolific Pakistani travel writer Salman Rashid opines that Bibi Nani’s cult … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment