POINT, WITHDRAWAL, HAND GUARD OF JUNIOR CADET CORPS,
BAYONET IN THEIR RIBS ONLY ANSWER FOR MIR JAFFERS
In memory of Ustad Rafique of St Anthony’s High School a 1965 war martyr
Schools were tough. And add a cadet training programme for boys, it became even tougher. Early in the morning before school (many could not make it), a running around the ground, march past, drills, actual firing range, even the practice of how to throw a grenade after removing the pin. It did not look like normal school. And when things were not up to standard, boys were made to run around the ground with heavy gun dummies in their hands, till they dropped with fatigue. That was JUNIOR CADET CORPS or J.C.C of St Anthony’s under Master Walters (Two Walters in fact- one P.C. Walter) of St Anthony’s High School.
Ustad Rafique was not some ideal army figure head. A rather short stature man, but he had vigour and he had passion, and he would incite the students towards passion for the country. Whether anyone learnt from his passion, one does not know, but at least he himself martyred his life in the 1965 war and never came back. One could remember this period with aching bones or with nostalgia for a man for whom the country meant so much.
There were class fellows who got martyred, as they joined the Pakistan Army. There was Captain Azhar, a dear friend. Slightly senior was our Munster House Captain, Shabbir Syed Shaheed. We are told that he killed a Sikh opponent with a Wazeerabadi special knife in hand combat. He could out run everybody else in the annual athletics on Railway Ground. Another college class fellow got martyred in East Pakistan, Captain Waheed. There were others who opted for Army too, but some went into the US Army as Marines. The strutting J.C.C cadet in front of the photograph is Shaukat Waris, who is a US Marine now and was stationed at Afghanistan too.
Hats off to Lance Naik Rafique who put the Pakistani spirit in many of us.
THE PAKISTANI ARMY IS OUR BACKBONE STRENGTH FOR COMING TIMES
HISTORY RECORDS CIVILIZATIONS FELL WHEN ARMY WAS DISMANTLED
BY INTERNAL INTRIGUES AND MIR JAFFERS (THROW STONES AT THEM)
We came across a book published in the life time of Tipu Sulan. The writer plainly said that the English cannot be successful in their designs, unless Tipu Sultan was eliminated from the scene. They could not defeat the great Tipu in the battlefield, so they resorted to Mir Sadiq (the prototype Mir Jaffer) for their work. Rest is history as we know it.
The Sikh Army was a highly trained army under Generals of various countries. There is a long list of them from France, Italy and other places. The first job was to erase all Sikh leaders, which was gradually done. After the death of Ranjit Singh, most of the leaders of repute, were made to fight with each other and then eliminated totally in a ruthless way. The first assessment of English Generals was that the Sikh Amy posed danger to the design of the English to take over Punjab. The Sikh Army left unchained could obliterate the English presence. Sikh war started and gradually the Sikh Army was erased from the map of the wold. A puppet illegitimate child was placed on the throne. Converted to Christianity then sent to England to be entertained by Queen Victoria herself. When the call of Punjab rose in his heart, he was also erased from the map of the world.
Today the attack is on the Army of Pakistan. We all know that. Someone told me social circles talk so derogatory about Pakistani Army. I said ask the man on the street what he thinks and he will tell you the reality. These hypocritical wimps and nincompoops are just working on agendas of media war against us. Snub anyone who talks like that. I do same all the time. The ridicule of Mir Jaffers is something no one cares about in any way. If the shameless are not ashamed, so what. We have every right to shame them every day. After all we throw stones at Satan when we perform Haj. Why not throw stones at our present day Satans?
THE TWO FACES OF ROSA CERA TOP MODEL OF LONDON IN 1938
AN ENCOUNTER IN LONDON IN 1938 WITH M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI
Favourite model of different artists of London
artist Paul Drury was teaching M.A. Rahman Chughtai the Art of Etching at the Central School London at the direction of Sir Frank Short, Master Etcher of his times. In the process they became good friends. Paul Drury introduced him to his father Sir Alfred Drury, as well as to countless other London artists. He took him to the famous London club of artists and they all chatted about art, here and there. The artist Chughtai had entered the inner very exclusive circle of the artists of London. The highlight was the visit to a private studio where the top model of London was posing in nude to various artists.
It was amazing for the artist M.A. Rahman Chughtai to see how the British artists were dependent on looking at the female anatomy in actuality for their creativity. And it was mind boggling how a woman could suit naked in front of so many men and not bat a single eyelid. It was all new for him. Yes, he himself handled the drawing of women all the time. He made hundreds of nudes himself. But he never required a model for that. His creativity sprang from his imagination itself.
Rosa Cera won the coveted award of BEST WAX MODEL for the year 1938 from Tassuad Wax Museum and was in the front cover of everything. The Artists Association had convinced her to pose naked for them. She used to live with her mother and younger sister outside London in a farm house. There was a lake near the house, where she used to go and relax her pent up furies to conquer Europe with her modeling career. All the details of this amazing encounter are related in our research brochure EAST MET WEST and is available for download. Enjoy!
IS THE EMPTY CENOTAPH AT KHUSRAU BAGH OF NUR JAHAN HERSELF?
EDWARD BACKHOUSE EASTWICK RECORDS SAME IN MURRAYS HANDBOOK 1882
POINT MISSED BY MOST HISTORIANS OF THE REGION
Prince Saleem was only 15 years old, when Emperor Akbar proposed his marriage to Man Bai (name unknown perhaps Jodha Bai like her aunt), daughter of Raja Bhagwan Dass. It was a joyous affair. as the young Man Bai (Jodha Bai) and the young Prince Saleem consummated their marriage with great pomp. But here something was different. Both of them were in real love with each other. And Jahangeer himself could write that she had the capacity to sacrifice anything for him. And what was more than her life? When their eldest child, Prince Khusrau rebelled against his father, Man Bai (Jodha Bai) felt so ashamed, that she committed suicide by taking opiates as poison. Although Jahangeer writes of the death as on 1013 AH, she actually died on 16th May 1604 (1012 AH). Jahangeer was in control of Allahabad, and proposed her mausoleum to be built in the Khuldabad Serai that he had built (katba on the entrance) and now known as KHUSRAU BAGH.
There are many monuments which have remained intact with time but there are no historical references to them. The mausoleum of Shah Begum (Man Bai Jodha Bai) was selected by Jahangeer himself, and he buried her there, with his own hands. It was the FIRST MAUSOLEUM to be built in that serai. Archaeologists also call it the second in line of the complex. When Khusrau died in Burhanpur (colic pain or murder, a separate issue), Jahangeer ordered him to be reburied near his mother. The second mausoleum in the complex. But there is a third mausoleum there on a large scale, the most grandiose building of all three. The conclusions are pure conjecture with time. There is no official record.
There is no official record of same. However a number of travelers have given their opinion on same. And strangely most of them were of British origin. The man who started it all was Peter Mundy, who visited the place in 1632. He was the first person to name the three maqbaras, as being of Khusrau, his mother and his sister. And he says that the sister is still alive and building the same for her future mausoleum. The mausoleum of Prince Khusrau has inscriptional writing on it. So that is settled. The same applies to the mausoleum of his mother Jodha Bai (known as Shah Begum). Shah Begum was daughter of Raja Bhagwan Dass and grand daughter of Raja Bihari Mal. Her death upsetted Jahangeer so much that he neither ate or drank for four days as an act of condolence for his lost love. The third mausoleum has NO ONE BURIED IN IT and has been attributed by Britishers as that of being the empty cenotaph of Sultan un nisa (Sultan Nisar) Begum, eldest daughter of Jahangeer. Sultan Nisar was born on 25th April, 1586 and died on 5th September, 1646. According to her own wishes, she was buried in the Akbar complex at Sikandara. Muhammed Salih records same in his book Amal-Salih. When a most befitting mausoleum was awaiting her, with the mausoleums of her mother and brother, why did she kept away from her own construction? There is no likelihood of this happening in any way. The couplet at the entrance mentioning NUR NISAR has confused us all.
The unknown CENOTAPH was actually never completed and it is proposed that it was made in 1625. In 1627 Jahangeer died and in the battle of succession, Empress Nur Jahan was brought to Lahore as a political prisoner. She lived here for 18 years, with a pension of 2 lakh rupees per anum, but was not allowed to leave the city (lest she indulges in political wrangling). She died on 18th December, 1645. Sultan Nisar Begum died on 5th September, 1646. Both dates very close to each other.
Empress Nur Jahan had no more access to the mausoleum built by her for her own self. She lost interest in same, when Khusrau, her political opponent was buried there. There was a need to build a second mausoleum for herself, and she did same in Lahore, where she actually got buried, before her bones were stolen by Sikh marauders. The confusion of the identity of the graves in Khusrau Bagh is not new. It existed all the time. A leading writer of Allahabad in his extensive research on Khusrau Bagh, claims that it is known that the identity of the empty cenotaph is that of Laila Begum, and Laila may be be a name of Begum Sultan Nisar. This was in 1933, so on can Imagine nothing was clear even then. The fourth place of Tambulan Begum is still an unknown thing.
Did this ever got recorded? Yes. In the Murray’s Handbook of Bengal, Edward Backhouse Eastwick, a famous historian of his times, names the empty Cenotaph as that of Empress Nur Jahan, and tells us that she was buried in Lahore. (Picture enclosed of text) . There is one more proof. The historian Dr Abdullah Chaghatai in his writings write of his study of the grave of Ladli Begum daughter of Empress Nur Jahan at Khusrau Bagh. An empty cenotaph of mother and actual daughter buried there, and an actual grave of mother and and empty cenotaph of the daughter in Lahore. History is full of strange wonders!
AN INTELLIGENT NATION BEING BOMBARDED BY MORONIC THOUGHTS
THE PATHOS OF EVERY DAY PAKISTAN IN LIVING WITH STUPENDOUS HYPOCRISY
THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS IN OUR OWN ENVIRONMENT AT HOME
A homogeneous nation in 1947 bombarded with alien ideas to confuse us internally. Railing against our Ideology, our Two nation theory, our Quaid e Azam, our Dr Allama Iqbal, the battles just do no stop at all. Why? Engendered by weakness of our most stupid segment of society, addicted to alcohol and sham luxury, every day these morons appear at some front in our every day life. Shameless is not even a word that can define them. Their belief in an after death life and Allah is truly questionable. Greed sways their inner shadows, which have replaced their souls long ago. Our democratic order cannot question them, for they are part of this sham democracy itself. Swayed by our legendary intelligentsia, we are amazed at the existence of these nincompoops in our national life.
Amassing of ill gotten wealth has given them the ability to engender wrongs in the society of extraordinary dimensions. Friendly advice will not make them correct themselves. The French Revolution found a bloody solution, as did the Iranian revolution. Mustafa Kamal Pasha gave birth to Modern Turkey using similar formulas. Which formulas will work here? And when will they come? Nobody really knows and hope crumples every day. Blasts from the sky and Sodom and Gomorrah were no more. The same happened in Monjo daro, and till today, nobody really knows how the natives all of a sudden died of some kind of radiation, to become the Mound of the dead. Deadly games being played by foreign lobbies can trigger war that will end life practically in this region for at least 200 years. Hate ruins a person internally, love brings out the best. The hate being showed towards Pakistan may collapse the region forever. So full of hate enemies, control yourself. There are Muslims all over the world, and the continuity will go on. Hate may destroy the Hindu civilization forever, and even we the oppressed, do not want that. Live with us in peace! We mean you no harm.
J. WESLEY ADAMS, WIFE FRANCES AND DAUGHTER KATHY AT CHUGHTAI HOME
A REALLY CULTURED FAMILY OF AMERICAN CONSULATE GENERAL LAHORE
I was in Bethesda, USA and a lot of American friends were eager to see me. I was invited to dinner by J. Wesley Adams and his charming wife Frances to their house in near by vicinity. I was a guest of some American friends and the lady of the house dropped me at the place. The Adams were really happy to see me as they recalled their stay in Lahore and their link with the artist M. A. Rahman Chughtai. Their link was not a casual visit but maintained over a good period of time. Their daughter Kathy Adams was also involved in same.
Thomas Adams (maybe Daniel) son of Mr and Mrs Wesley Adams was having a dance party near and they invited me to join the fun. But I was too serious a person to indulge in it and politely refused,. The Adams and I shared the dinner and talked about things back home. Frances Adams had been involved with Eleanor Roosevelt and had a great history of education. Robert O Jones, who used to be head of USIS in Bank Square was also in the city and would have loved to see me. But I had no time. I ha a scheduled meeting with a lot of important persons, including Dr Kurt Waldheim, Secretary General UNO in New York. Robert O Jones used to live in FCC block, just opposite Forman Christian College and I had been to his home too.
PRESENT CHANTING OF BULLEH SHAH ENDORSED BY FOREIGN LOBBIES
SINISTER DESIGNS TO PUT FOG AROUND REVIVAL OF ISLAM IN ACTUALITY
NO OBJECTION TO ANYONE’S FEELINGS BUT DO NOT HURT MINE
This is a land of Babas. Babas dared to say anything, as they were considered above board and censure. Everyone has a right to their belief and I have no objections. Welcome to the world of Babas! But negating basic Islamic tenets is not my idea of our way of life. Though ijjtehad we can do anything collectively except permanent values, but then foreign lobbies pay our locals to endorse things, there must be something wrong somewhere.
Punjab and the whole region is full of Babas. Are the Babas endorsing Islamic way of life? Or the Babas are taking us away from basic Islamic principles. It is up to you to decide. Bu do not look away. Jumping up and down or in a swirl will not bring us closer to Allah. Allah asks us to THINK AND PONDER all the time. Anything which taking us away from thinking and pondering is not my way life. Nor it is the Islamic way of life. People in foreign lands fear the resurgence of Islam and in all ways, Babas are being used maliciously to curb this going back to the pristine values of rising Islamic awareness all over the world. Islam is against terrorism in all ways. But it is also against anything which prevents us from seeking knowledge. Education is to bring us civilization. Rewriting our history and curbing our Ideology is not fun for us. It gives us pain and when you inflict pain, you touch Allah’s Law of Mukufat. Doing wrong will bring wrong results. Love is important and having compassion is a divine thing. But closing our minds is a sin.
P.S. Enjoy a first look at a handwritten autograph of unknown book by Inayat Qadri Lahori, teacher of Bulley Shah, in our archives.
AND YOU THOUGHT OF ONE LADLI BEGUM BURIED IN LAHORE
THERE ARE INDEED MANY AND NUR JAHAN’S DAUGHTER WAS NEVER HERE
TRACING LADLI BEGUM DAUGHTER OF NUR JAHAN
The earliest Ladli Begum seems to be the sister of Abu Fazal, whose mausoleum is on Sikandara road, near Alam Ganj, in Agra. She died in 1017 AH 1608 AD. There is another Ladli Begum in Hyderabad who is the wife of Tegh Paigha and she died in 1236 AH. The legend is that Ladli Begum daughter of Nur Jahan lies buried in her mothers mausoleum in Shahdara. But Dr Abdullah Chaghatai notes that he saw the grave of Ladli Begum in Nisar Bagh of Khusro son of Jahangeer in Allahabad. And out of the blue, we see the grave of Ladli Begum in the Ithemad ud daula complex in Agra buried with the rest of Nur Jahan’s family. Who is correct? No one is bothered with the truth.
We know that Ladli Begum was born in 1605 and was presented to Jahangeer along with her mother in 1610. But we do not know when she died and how she died. Obviously her husband Shahryar was first blinded and then killed. And we know that she was sitting on the elephant on which Nur Jahan tried to rescue her husband from the captivity of Mahabat Khan. We know there were wounds and some even say that it was Ladli Begum who was wounded by the arrow from the soldiers of Mahabat Khan. It is said that Nur Jahan had a son too. Nothing is known of him. But we do know that Ladli Begum had a daughter and her name is given as Arzani Begum, Wali Begum or even Lardili Begum. Nur Jahan’s Diwan gives us a name of Mehr Afroze and Mehr Afroze may be the daughter of Ladli Begum. The plot cannot be unraveled easily.
We present photographs of known graves of Ladli Begum daughter of Empress Nur Jahan. Speculate!
A REGULAR ANNUAL VISIT SPONSORED BY VICE CHANCELLOR
HIP HIP PHORAY CHUGHTAI MUSEUM
Peshawer University had a routine of sending students to the Punjab every year as a study tour of people and places in Pakistan. Indeed the Vice Chancellor of that place was a far sighted person and believed in national cohesion. When we used to see the familiar site of young Pathan faces around the city, we thought it was in their best interest to visit places of art museums. A discussion was held with the VC and it was decided that it would be an annual event, that the Home Economics Girls from Peshawer University would visit Chughtai Museum. We bombarded our visitors with printed matter, books, as well as lectures on Art and Culture. Not only the students, the teachers were well pleased with us. Happiness knew no bounds as they got familiar with Chughtai Art.
Our reward was simple. We were spreading not only national cohesion but also reinforcing National Identity. A pretty reward was handed to us as the students decided that before boarding their bus for back home, they would shout pleasantly for us. The cry of HIP HIP PHORAY CHUGHTAI MUSEUM rang the streets of Garden Town and passerbys were indeed amused as to what had happened. Not daily they could see about 50 Pathan girls shouting at the top of their voice. Well done, Chughtai Museum! Well done, Pakistan!