Sufi syncretic culture today in South Asia is overstated. While tolerance may have been an inherent trait, the Sufi institution has evolved in a manner that it may not be able to deliver on this count.
It was around 2010 that I started my search for Sufism in my part of the world. Initially, the idea was to get away from the excessive heat generated after publication of my second book, Military Inc. But more importantly, working on the military had trained my mind to think about power from a people’s perspective—what it meant for the ordinary folk, how was it applied on them, and the varied relationships that stakeholders carved out to control the public.
A fearless advocate for human rights in Pakistan, the loss of Asma Jahangir will now make people think twice before speaking out.