Travel Related Urdu Vocabulary

Posted on 19. Aug, 2014 by in Uncategorized

This blog will address Urdu vocabulary related to travel related terms. Here are some typical travel and related words with their Urdu transliteration and use in sentences:

English Airplane
Urdu Hawai Jahaz
Sentence Kiya hawai jahaz uttar gaya hai?
Translation Has the airplane landed?
English Cargo Train
Urdu Maal Bardar Garee
Sentence Kiya maal bardar garee ne station chor diya?
Translation Has the cargo train left the station?
English Ship
Urdu Behree Jahaz
Sentence Kiya behree jahaz abhi tak samundar main hai?
Translation Is the ship still at sea?
English Port
Urdu Bandar Gah
Sentence Kiya behree jahaz bandar gah mein puhanch gaya hai?
Translation Has the ship reached the port?
English Anchor (Ship)
Urdu Langar
Sentence Kiya behree jahaz ne langar gira diya?
Translation Did the ship anchor?
English Airport
Urdu Hawai Adda
Sentence Hawai Adda par buhat rush tha.
Translation The airport was very crowded.
English Submarine
Urdu Aabdoz
Sentence Aabdoz main bees musafir aa sakte hain.
Translation The submarine can take 20 passengers.
English Passenger
Urdu Musafir (Plural sense: Musafiron)
Sentence Musafiron ko buhat ziyada intizar karna para.
Translation The passengers had to wait a long time.
English Wait
Urdu Intizaar
Sentence Logon ko ticket khareedne ke liye intizaar karna para.
Translation People had to wait to buy the tickets.
English Porter
Urdu Qulee
Sentence Qulee ne bag uthaya.
Translation The porter lifted the bag.
English Luggage
Urdu Samaan
Sentence Un ke pass buhat ziyada samaan tha.
Translation They had a lot of luggage.
English Late
Urdu Takheer
Sentence Jahaz ke aane mein takheer thee.
Translation The plane was late coming in.
English Time
Urdu Waqt
Sentence Train waqt par thee.
Translation The train was on time.
English Car
Urdu Garee
Sentence Hamare pass garee thee.
Translation We had a car.
English Rent
Urdu Kiraya
Sentence Hum ne aik garee kiraye par lee.
Translation We rented a car.

Religious Extremism in Pakistan (part 3/3)

Posted on 18. Aug, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Repainting the National Flag (white portion depicts minorities while the green represents the Muslims)

Repainting the National Flag (white portion depicts minorities while the green represents the Muslims)

(Part 3/3 of the blog Religious Extremism in Pakistan)

Unfortunately, Jinnah could not live longer to provide stability and strong foundation to the country and passed away just a year after the partition. The irony is that the clergy who opposed Jinnah and creation of Pakistan later hijacked the country in the name of Islam. The roots of religiosity lie in the blueprint and arguments of Abul Ala Maududi, founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), to transform Pakistan into an Islamic state. The extent of Maududi’s influence became visible as early as 1949, when the Objectives Resolution, defining the foundational principle for Pakistan’s Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly, setting the foundation of intolerance, over-religiosity and disillusionment permeating the country in present era.

Irony is that even the Muslim majority represented by green color of our flag is not safe. Ordinary Pakistanis have borne the brunt of terrorism from Taliban who want to impose their own version of Sharia. Over fifty thousand innocent Pakistani have lost their lives in last ten years or so as result of terrorism. Taliban have not differentiated Pakistani citizens on basis of religious during their terrorist activities. However, when Muslims differentiate and persecute non-Muslims using tools of flawed laws; it presents a very dangerous situation.

Military operations like Zarb-e-Azb (going on currently in Northern parts of Pakistan) will certainly help in eradicating terrorism to a certain extent, being mainly limited to physical eradication of terrorists. However, the government, the intelligentsia and the leaders have to make efforts to eradicate the intolerant mind-set that is so rampant across the country, even in so called literates. We have to work on nation building and move forward from disillusioning concepts of Muslim nation and one Ummah. Being Muslim is a given but being Pakistani was taken. We need to re-imagine Pakistan as a state that treats all of its citizens equally and curb its enthusiasm for militancy. Tolerance, religious harmony and equality are the values that will make Pakistan a country as was envisioned by our Great Leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah – whose soul will be perturbed looking at today’s Pakistan.

Religious Extremism in Pakistan (part 2/3)

Posted on 17. Aug, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Repainting the National Flag (white portion depicts minorities while the green represents the Muslims)

Repainting the National Flag (white portion depicts minorities while the green represents the Muslims)

(Part 2/3 of the blog Religious Extremism in Pakistan)

When we try to dig in and find reasons behind rise of religious extremism in Pakistan the foremost reason we come across is the kind of distorted history that is taught right from the early days to the children in schools. The effect of this brain washing is permanent as by the time they grow up they tend to become rigid in respect of distorted and tweaked facts they have been indoctrinated with. One of such tweaking of the history is the ‘Two Nation Theory’, which led to incorrect belief that Pakistan was created as a religious state.

Whenever we try to put this so-called theory to a logical test, its results always fail to evidence its ‘religious’ or ‘theological’ nature which it is portrayed as. We don’t find a single trace of two-nation theory when India was ruled by minority Muslims. If religion is not sufficient to bind Muslims living in over fifty countries as one nation, how can it bind Muslims of Sub-Continent into one? Why Muslim countries have visa requirement for one another? Why do the more wealthy Muslim countries not grant nationality to less privileged Muslims from other countries? Why did a Muslim population greater than that in West Pakistan or East Pakistan decided to remain in India after the partition? We could not even retain East Pakistan after the partition. The bitter reality of Islamic history is that Muslims have killed more Muslims as compared to non-Muslims. The theory has always failed to stand up to logical facts and evidence and been misused for religious bigotry.

When Pakistan was founded in 1947, its secular founding fathers wanted to create a homeland for sub-continent’s Muslims, not an Islamic state, along with equal rights for non-Muslims – a stark contrast to theological portrayal of the two-nation theory. Reflecting his secular views, Muhammad Ali Jinnah nominated a Hindu, several Shias (he himself being a Shia) and an Ahmadi to Pakistan’s first cabinet. Jinnah’s secular views were demonstrated not only during the struggle for independence but in his famous speech on August 11, 1947, the same day when the flag was adopted.