RIP Ardeshir Cowasjee

‘For someone who was quick to tell others to leave Pakistan behind and find a better life elsewhere, he was never one to take his own advice.

“Why should I leave it?” He would ask defensively, almost angrily, when one would question him why he stayed back.

“This is my home!” He would snap.’

That pretty much sums it up for me too 🙂


  1. Kathy says:

    He sounds like he was a very special person.

    1. Munira says:

      He really was Kathy. The city has lost another awesome personality. Very few fearless and vocal people like him left. It feels like the end of an era.

  2. Heather says:

    It seems he was wise soul.
    I left my home state when I was 18, and that is hard for many people to do. I can’t imagine ever going back. But leaving my country? I would have to have a really good reason. I don’t blame anyone for staying in their homes, but I also can’t fault anyone for leaving. Wishing you peace.

    1. Munira says:

      He was honest, and no one could stop him from saying what he felt in his own inimitable style. He was a patriot in the true sense of the word, a real Pakistani from the good old days. I’ll miss him.

  3. It’s so sad when the good ones pass on. Thanks for sharing the link. I hope it isn’t so much the end of an era as it is the beginning of a new one built on ideas he shared. Sometimes people step up to keep the good things going.

    1. Munira says:

      He must have died heartbroken to see his country falling apart like this, yet he did his best all his life to do some good….and he did a lot. It’s sad to lose someone who was like a remnant of pre-partition times, someone who really held dear the ideals of the founder of this godforsaken country. Each and every ruler trampled those ideals, and Cowasjee lambasted them all.
      Thank you for reading Re.

  4. Brave people are exceptional. I’ve never heard of him but from the post I’m sorry for Pakistan that he’s gone. The thing is, I feel that Pakistan really is nearing a point of positive change. The sad thing is, I suspect it will get tougher before it gets better – but then it will get better because the world can’t allow Pakistan to slip into lawlessness. But I’m talking crap. What do I know? From the comfort of white middle class England it is easy to take a media-fed view. But I really do feel that Pakistan is key…. it won’t be allowed to descend into chaos, as one might perceive from an Arab Spring type revolution. Though that is another discussion point, and I know you don’t do politics, Mun…………and frankly, I don’t blame you.

    1. Munira says:

      He was a humanist, and influential to boot…..people like that end up doing a lot to change mindsets. We’re mourning a man who mourned Pakistan, though it’s true that he got rather cynical towards the end.
      Huz just reminded me of the sinister fact behind the radicalisation of Pakistan. Saudi money is pouring in by the truckload to finance and support Wahhabi madrasas, which are breeding young brainwashed ‘terrorists’. A lot of what is ailing us stems from a much wider political arena, and no one knows which end is up anymore. Everyone seems to be in cahoots. That is the main reason why I steer clear of this topic, though of late I can’t seem to think about much else…..strange contradiction, eh?

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