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Labour movements

AS we approach May Day, it is fitting to revisit its origins and the struggle of workers to achieve an eight-hour workday. American workers resorted to their first general strike…

A society’s role

Zainab’s murder in Kasur, in 2018, which sensitized – rather rattled – the parents of every minor in the country, led to protests and activation of civil society movements for…

Faith And Civil Society

Faith and civil society

In my previous article in these pages (July 8, 2019), I discussed the paradox of collective freedom in faith-based communities. The article led to a heated debate around the existential…

For A Liberated Civil Society

For a liberated civil society

Pessimism sets in as the world undergoes uncanny political changes in the aftermath of Brexit, rise of Donald Trump and declining popularity of social democrats across the Western hemisphere. Ruthless…

The Paradox Of Civil Society

The paradox of civil society

The notion of civil society has essentially remained a Western concept that was introduced during the colonial period as an instrument of social legitimacy for colonial rule. This is a…

Space For Civil Society

Space for civil society

“If leaders do not listen to their people, they will hear from them — in the streets, the squares, or, as we see far too often, on the battlefield. There…

Civil Society’s Failures

Civil society’s failures

Economists know about what they call ‘market failure’ as well as ‘government failure’ in a situation where neither institution as a whole, for a number of well-recognised reasons, has been…

On a spectrum

A NEWS commentator in a televised interview recently called for a 15-year spell of authoritarianism in Pakistan, suggesting that advocates of democracy should be assassinated by firing squads, with their…