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Physician-scientist interested in peace in South Asia, history, philosophy and science
Interests: Genetics, Obesity, Diabetes, History, Islam, Science
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Wasnt the orthodox preference for leavened bread (or the catholic insistence on unleavened wafers) one of the issues on which the schism supposedly turned? (politics yes, but some theological arguments about bread and the holy spirit and so on were foregrounded, IIRC)
by Omar Ali Polio is an ancient scourge that spreads only within human populations and can cause paralysis, most frequently of the lower extremities, but can also be fatal when the paralysis extends to the muscles of breathing. For reasons... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at 3quarksdaily
Its not just young White people who don't know what to do with themselves; take a closer look at privileged South Asian youngsters who happened to enter Western academia (on very easy terms, nothing like what a Black person in the 1940s might have experienced). As "people of color" they have managed to construct a narrative of personal racial injustice and shared victimhood that can be amusing or extremely irritating depending on the observer's frame of mind. Long after White people and Black people in the US have finally figured out how to talk about race these crusaders will be manning the (imaginary) barricades at racialicious. I offer this example and rest my case:
(Originally posted at Many ideologies are dreadful but this one takes the cake (at least in this day and age). Malala's school van was stopped by 2 gunmen. They asked the driver to show them who Malala is. He... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
Originally posted at 3qd. Postscript: Today, 9th October, (afternoon in Pakistan) the Pakistani Taliban sent a gunman (or gunmen) to shoot a 14 year old girl who had become an icon of anti-Taliban resistance in her area after speaking up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
by Omar Ali First published at Saadia Toor is an assistant professor of sociology and social work at the City University of New York and recently published a book about Pakistan titled The State of Islam: Culture and Cold... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
by Omar Ali Pakistan is in the throes of an existential crisis. Pakistan has always been in the throes of an existential crisis. Pakistan’s interminable existential crisis is, in fact, getting to be a bore. But while faraway peoples can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
First posted on Punditry without predictions is like a fish without a bicycle and who would ever want that? But if one does make predictions, one’s predictions can be checked. That, perhaps, is why no paid pundit makes too... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
“agli wari beyraja peya tey chHaDna nahin...” (the next time anarchy occurs; don’t miss your chance...) The dream of a violent and destructive “revolution” that will “sweep away this sorry scheme of things entire and remake it nearer to heart’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
My article in "The Hindu": Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
Pakistan’s greatest cricketing hero and second most successful philanthropist entered politics 15 years ago, promising a progressive, Islamic, modern, corruption-free Pakistan. His position as the most successful captain in Pakistan’s cricket history, the founder of Pakistan’s finest cancer hospital (providing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
by Omar Ali Pakistan’s predicament continues to draw comment from all over the world; in the Western (and Westoxicated Eastern) Left, the narrative remains straightforward(to such a degree that one is tempted to share an essay by Trotsky that Tariq... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
First posted at…c7K_story.html Going from bad to worse? It seems that tragedy is turning into farce. Pakistan should do something quickly to help the US before the US loses the war (see below). Pakistan’s rational and far-sighted response... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
First published on This is not a post about the great tragedy of 9-11 or the great tragedies that followed 9-11. These are just some random thoughts about some arguments that show up around this topic and that I,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
First publishted on Pakistan and India are celebrating the 64th anniversary of “Freedom at midnight” with their usual mix of nationalism and jingoism (Bangladesh seems to ignore this nightmarish dream anniversary and will be mostly ignored in this article).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
India Pakistan Partition BBC Special Presentation 1 of 6‬‏ - YouTube. I have only seen a little of it and I can tell you that the usual BBC political correctness and xanthognostisicm does creep in (at the very least, it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
First published on We have been here before, but it is being said that the unhappy marriage between the Pentagon and GHQ has deteriorated further and once again, those watching this soap opera are wondering if this union can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
This news is being presented in many cases in a slightly misleading manner, since it is more likely that they have just picked up everyone connected with Waziristan manzil, not just the CIA informants. But maybe some of them are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
Initially posted at 3 Quarks Daily. Most countries that exist above the banana-republic level of existence have an identifiable (even if always contested and malleable) national narrative that most (though not all) members of the ruling elite share and to... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
The curious case of Osama bin Laden – The Express Tribune. I think it is plausible that GHQ (General Head Quarters..the Pakistani army high command) really did NOT know where Bin Laden was hiding. But GHQ has failed to act... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
from 3QD. SCIENCE SHEDS LIGHT ON POPULATION HISTORY AND LIVING STANDARDS by Omar Ali In a sense, all modern historiography includes the attempt to find objective facts rather than relying on folklore and opinion. To varying extents, a scientific mindset... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
Cross posting from Brown Pundits. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
Over 10 killed as mob attack UN office in north Afghan city. Some were reportedly beheaded. The beheading meme is really peculiar to Islamist terrorism these days; any theories about why this may be so? I am sure that as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
Originally published on 3quarksdaily: I recently wrote an article with this title that was triggered by a comment from a friend in Pakistan. He wrote that Pakistan felt to him like the Weimar Republic: An anarchic and poorly managed democracy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
We have a discussion going about Punjabi language and its survival or lack of survival in Pakistan, up at brown pundits. comments very welcome.. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Accidental Blogger