Ardeshir Cowasjee



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Ardeshir Cowasjee (born 1926) is a renowned newspaper columnist from Karachi, Sindh in Pakistan. His columns regularly appear in the country's oldest English language daily newspaper Dawn and are translated to appear in Urdu press.

He is also Chairman of the Cowasjee Group and is engaged in philanthropic activities apart from being regarded as an old 'guardian' of the city of Karachi.

Ardeshir Cowasjee was born in 1926 at Karachi and hails from the well-known Cowasjee Parsi (Zoroastrian ) family. His father Rustom Fakirjee Cowasjee was a businessman in merchant shipping. Ardeshir attended the Bai Virbaiji Soparivala Parsi High School (BVS) and graduated from DJ Science College, Karachi. Later, he joined his father's business, the Cowasjee Group, and married Nancy Dinshaw in 1953. He has two children, Ava (daughter) and Rustom (son).

Ardeshir was appointed by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as Managing Director of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) in 1973 but was jailed for 72 days in 1976 by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for which no explanation has been given to date; it is said that Prime Minister Bhutto did that to rein Cowasjee because the latter was becoming increasingly vocal about Bhutto's authoritarian ways. Ardeshir subsequently started writing letters to the editor of Dawn Newspaper, which led him to become a permanent columnist. Since then, his hard-hitting and well-researched columns in Dawn have continuously exposed corruption, nepotism and incompetence in different local, provincial and national governments for the last twenty years.

Ardeshir Cowasjee is affectionately known as AC. He is also very active in various social and philanthropic activities in Pakistan and is regarded as an old 'guardian' of the city of Karachi where he regularly battles (with the pen and in court) land grabbers and illegal building projects. He currently resides in the posh Bath Island neighborhood of Karachi with 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 cockatoo and 1 African Grey.

Ardeshir Cowasjee is also the financier of many scholarships for students wishing to pursue higher education. These include grants for both local and overseas education. Although these are given out as loans, it is not expected that most of these funds will be returned to him. However, Cowasjee does encourage the receivers to return them so that others can benefit from those funds. These philanthropic services are provided by the Cowasjee Foundation.

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Fauzia Zubair ( Karachi,Pakistan) Sunday, September 27, 2009 10:15:36 PM (MDT - USA)
God bless you, Mr Cowasjee                                                There will always be cynics. I pray for your health and long life  I need your help and advice about ayoung 20-year-old . who has a degenerative but treatable illness Please tell me how and when I can discuss this case with you.03212708709  Regards Fauzia                                                                           

zahid ( karachi pakistan,United States) Tuesday, July 7, 2009 10:33:10 PM (MDT - USA)
Dear and respectable Cowasjee. Kya mqm ki mukhalifat karni wala zinda nahin reh sakta

zafar iqbal ( Lahore Pakistan,Pakistan) Wednesday, April 29, 2009 11:39:35 PM (MDT - USA)
Sir,You are good writer no doubt but please why you concentrate mostly on karachi issue,i request you please pay more focus on issues like sawat issue,Talbanization in pakistan and so on. thanks.

muhammad ashraf afsari ( karachi,Pakistan) Thursday, April 9, 2009 12:50:59 AM (MDT - USA)
i am in need to read all the articles of Mr. ardsheir cowasjee and if possible with their urdu translations

sarfraz ( Pakistan,Pakistan) Friday, January 30, 2009 5:03:31 AM (MDT - USA)
His pen goes try when it is about muslims. Have you read him write any article about Gaza, Palestine, Kashmir, Chechenia, Shamjhota Express muslims? Even about Dr. Afia Siddiqui? Good advocate of Qadianis, though. He will immediately write columns if it is about any Qadiani being maltreated!! A biased writer. He writes good and deserves appreciation for his writing power.

Muhammad Sarfraz ( Karachi,Pakistan) Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:00:56 AM (MDT - USA)
His pen goes dry when writing about Islam and Muslims, be it Dr. Afia Siddiqui, prisoners at Guantanamo, Muslims of Gaza and Kashmir, etc. Otherwise, he is great writer I love to read his columns.

Ali Mohammed Maya ( Houston, Texas,United States) Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:28:06 PM (MDT - USA)
Mr. Cowasjee, I salute you for being an outspoken and honest person. Your writings are far superior than many others.\\r\\n \\r\\nMay Allah Almightly give you good health and long life.

Rai Ahmed Raza ( lahore,Pakistan) Wednesday, December 3, 2008 6:25:22 AM (MDT - USA)
Mr. Baba je you have been doing a great job so keep it up may ALMIGHTY give you courage and health to do so.

Urooj Asghar ( Jeddah,Saudi arabia) Wednesday, November 19, 2008 10:35:04 PM (MDT - USA)
He is blunt and true. He is not afraid of any one. Talks about facts

Muhammad Nauman Yahya ( Lahore,Pakistan) Wednesday, November 19, 2008 3:33:09 AM (MDT - USA)
I am proud of if and he is a tru Pakistani and have good wishes for Pakistanies and for future of Pakistan

abdullah Khan ( Red Deer,United States) Monday, September 22, 2008 8:33:37 AM (MDT - USA)
he is heck of a guy

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