The first afterword to the book by Farzana Shaikh enriches some issues pertaining to local and national, historical and global, transformations, and to religion, in relation to five of the chapters. She elaborates on the possibilities of a pluralistic rethinking of the term Mohajir proposed by Zia Ur Rehman; she affirms Hasan’s efforts to not reiterate an elitist nostalgia; and her reading of Verkaaik’s chapter reflects on how ideas of “popular”, “modern” and “secular” do and do not easily co-exist as discourses of difference. Certainly Kausar S. Khan will appreciate her highlighting the insistence on peace as a right that must be fought for, even if the way is unclear. “Secularism” as a solution to sectarianism is woefully limited, and Shaikh rightfully adds a note of realism.
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