Monday December 05, 2022
Zubair Torwali
Zubair Torwali

  • August 20, 2022

    The pain of Dardistan

    Being on the periphery, these communities are marginalized, left behind and forgotten

  • September 24, 2021

    Is Urdu our ‘second mother tongue’?

    On September 5, 2021, an article titled ‘Language beyond Politics’ written by an experienced teacher Syed Nomanul Haq appeared in Dawn. Though...

  • July 01, 2021

    Kumrat valley: the looming crisis

    The eastern one comprises the upper Swat valley – from Pia Madyan to Ghizer pass via Bahrain, Kalam, Utror and Mahodand.

  • November 30, 2020

    Language and the written word

    Speech predates writing. Oral language is the essential language. Technically, the writing of a language is just a graphic representation of said...

  • October 20, 2020

    SNC and languages

    Since the Single National Curriculum was made public by the incumbent government a rigorous debate has emerged, involving prominent experts in...

  • April 30, 2020

    Education and a pandemic

    The writer heads an independent organisation dealing with education and development in Swat.When a pandemic, conflict or natural disaster happens,...

  • March 06, 2020

    Campaigning for languages

    Pakistan is often seen as, and rightly so, a hard country for campaigns. Campaigns, whether on human rights, education, civil liberty,...

  • June 29, 2019

    ‘Kafiristan’: identity and ethnicity

    An Italian researcher and scholar has deconstructed the myths around the Kalasha community living in the Kalash valley for centuries.In his work, he...

  • February 21, 2019

    Revitalising endangered languages

    Efforts towards revitalising endangered languages have gained global significance. There are now hundreds of endangered languages. Though languages...

  • December 09, 2018

    The bane of development

    In our collective and individual mindset, there still exists a colonial legacy that manifests itself well in various situations – from a classroom...