Noted Socialist Feminist Leader Tahira Mazhar Passes Away

The Dissent®

On her sad and tragic death, We are sadly sharing this article once published in DAWN & republished by Pak Tea House.
I recently came across this brilliant feature by Shehar Bano Khan on Tahira Mazhar Ali – Tariq Ali’s mother and Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan’s daughter.   It is a very interesting account coming from the daughter of one of the most influential politicians of Punjab.  Her association with the Communist Party, her meetings with Nehru and Jinnah and her recollection of partition makes her part of our collective heritage.  Published 5 years ago in Dawn, we are reproducing it here for the benefit of our readers. -YLH

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She is blunt to a fault. Her briskness has not lost its sharp edge with time, neither has her witticism surrendered to old age. At 80, Tahira Mazhar Ali’s vivacity, her political ripostes, and her tirades against capitalism define her originality.

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