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India’s state of paranoia

India’s political leadership has always remained cognizant of the significance of the majority Hindu vote. This often shapes the electoral process in India and political forces evolve their respective manifestos…

A democratic Senate?

A few days back, the Senate passed a resolution seeking a delay in the upcoming general election for which polling day is scheduled for February 8, 2024. The reasoning given…

Ensuring democratic foundations

As declared and guaranteed by Article 17 of the constitution of Pakistan, every person shall have the right to form groups or unions, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by…

Democratic alternative

When Joe Biden won the presidential election in the United States three years ago, there were some hopes within the pro-Palestinian movement that there would be a positive change in…

Beyond a two-state solution

The recent Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip have once again thrust its horrifying human tragedy into the spotlight – with approximately 2500 Palestinians, including more than 600 children, killed…

State against people

Highlighting the growing trust deficit between the state and the people, I tweeted a few days ago: “A country unwilling to engage with itself to debate and find credible solutions…

A state of many cases

‘Never a dull moment’ is a cliche, even more so for Pakistani politics. How could we have a dull moment when there is a steady stream of cases and audio/video…

A chronic state of policy errors

Pakistanis are living in an era of shocking price hikes, staggering inequality, volatile markets and oligarchic politics. The country faces intractable inefficiencies in almost all sectors including energy, agriculture, finance,…

A state of flux

Consumers are in a state of shock over the latest jump in petrol prices. However, there are some who will be satisfied with the raise. First, the International Monetary Fund,…