Reviewing the End of the Past

The chronicles of Pakistan’s culture and music were overshadowed by its resilient and immortal lump of politics, cornered these indigenous aspects which were evolving with full gusto before 1980s. Nadeem F Paracha, a person troubled with his leftist sentiments eventually rises up as leading political and cultural critic of Pakistan.

His book ‘End of the past’ provides a vivid account on Pakistan’s ideological assays, making it evident how different ideological make-ups in Pakistan depleted these avidly growing cultural norms. Unlike conventional analysis, NFP (Nadeem Farooq Paracha) entwines his personal evolution with convoluted ideological changes of Pakistan in post 1980 era, and maps out impact of Zia’s constitutional tweaks on his persona. In his documentation he provides a comprehensive elaboration of events which paved the way for Pakistan to drown deep in strands of ethnic and sectarian divide.

The short book also contains his personal accounts with his academic and political peers, fables of his journalism career, and his leftist leanings in Bhutto regime. He blatantly shared his memories of college days when he was a political enthusiast, who confronted his political opponents with unflinching determination. He outlined the crucial role of student unions, the rise and fall of leading student political wings who raged violent attacks on their fellow antagonists, and his brief role in Pakistan’s politics during Zia reign. NFP elucidates the post Zia era with his real life events, how he eye witnessed the political tussle between two leading political parties in 1990s which eventually ended up with naught for both of them.

He takes a vigilant glance over evolution of Pakistan’s Cricket and the enumerated ethnic schism between Lahore and Karachi lobbies. He starts with Pakistan’s inclusion in world cricket, and maps out the events which ultimately won stature for Pakistan in World Cricket. He puts light on the lives of various cricketers, personal and professional intrigues between them and the prevailing stories of provincial schism.

His intelligible analysis on Jinnah’s perception about Pakistan unveils some stark realities, and how one dimensional notion for state ideology has terribly failed with every passing experimentalist. He outlines Jinnah’s pragmatism in politics, whose speeches are shrewdly used in bits to morph ideology of Pakistan.

The generation shammed with subjectivity in history books ought to look NFP’s lucid documentation of power struggle, cultural plummet, and inexplicable jumble of faith and politics in Pakistan. He exposes the parochialism prevailing in post-Bhutto era, and provides long-term solution to extirpate bigotry and myopia from society.

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