Discovering Pakistan

5, 000 years of Civilization & Culture

Ashoka and Buddhism

Indian historian Romila Thapar does a critical assessment of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the role that Buddhism played in his policies, and the social and political climate of the Indian subcontinent … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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