27 September, 2020

Bhutto’s Promise: An Idea Has No Funeral

In 1967, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto launched a struggle for social justice when he founded the PPP. Whither his legacy?

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto pays tribute to the ‘martyrs’ of Liaquatabad in 1969.
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Bhutto’s Promise: An Idea Has No Funeral

The Living Dead

  • In California in 1967, Dr James H. Bedford became the first person to be cryonically preserved after death, with the hope of future revival. His body was stored in a “cryocapsule” and kept in a liquid nitrogen bath at -196°C. He has remained at the Alcor Life Preservation Foundation since 1982.


Lahore, a capital of ­empires from the Mughals to the Sikhs, is an elegant, manicured city. From its fertile, tree-lined canals and orderly chowks, there is no way to know what rebellions have been born on its soil. In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi raised an early version of India’s tricolour flag in this city and called for January 26, before it was known as ­Republic Day, to be marked as Independence Day in ­defiance of British rule. In 1940, the Muslim League ­gathered in the city to announce the formation of Pakistan. In one ­resolution, a united India was lost and a new country created. And fifty years ago, in 1967, it was in Lahore that...



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