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Conflicts and democracies

The recent game of death and destruction in Afghanistan has raised a number of questions for Pakistan, the region and the world. The clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban…

Time to fix errant democracies

THEY can chop journalists into pieces in Saudi Arabia and pour acid on the remains to wipe out all traces of the crime. Should that prompt our struggling democracies to…

From Empires To Democracies

From empires to democracies

There are multiple reasons for the gradual failure of almost all state institutions in Pakistan. But the more alarming thing is the attitude of our society. One argument that is…

From Empires To Democracies: Part-I

From empires to democracies: Part-I

The age of empires is gone, and empires have been replaced by ‘big powers’, which are mostly democracies. The simplest definition of democracy is: holding elections at certain intervals (four…

A Tale Of Two ‘democracies’

A tale of two ‘democracies’

We have justifiably taken pride in our march towards building representative institutions; developing systems that are a product of complex human experiences; and organising societies marked by moral, political and…

Residual Democracies, Wages Of Hate

Residual democracies, wages of hate

Feed a monster and there is every danger of you ending up as its fodder. What makes the killing of yet another Indian techie in the US last week –…

Not your dad’s cold war

A world order descended upon us after WW2. This order was called the cold war. The world was neatly divided in two by an iron curtain. Our dictators found themselves…

The polarization menace

“Severe polarization makes democracy vulnerable. In healthy democracies, opposing sides are seen as political adversaries to compete against and at times to negotiate with. In deeply polarized democracies, the other…

Legislative autocracy

Pakistan’s political terrain, where the drive for democratic stability is constant, sees the formation of a new narrative. As the ruling PML-N and its coalition PPP push forward with legislative…