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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…

Child marriage and religious thought

Enactment and enforcement of legislation against child marriage has repeatedly run into resistance that claims religious authority. Overcoming this resistance will require a wider intellectual engagement with the foundations and…

The Social Democratic Model

The social democratic model

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is clearly on a mission to revive the party in Punjab, and especially in Lahore. For the first time in recent times, he tried to…

Present times — some relevant thoughts

In extolling prime minister Imran Khan’s speech that he delivered in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), most of our media went on over-drive, almost celebrating as if Kashmir, with…

Democratic Traditions?

Democratic traditions?

In a democratic dispensation the ruling party and the ones sitting in the opposition are considered to be two sides of the same coin, and the latter taken as a…

Spare democratic norms

WHOEVER counselled the federal cavaliers to drop their campaign to destabilise the Sindh government has done well by the country’s democracy that still needs oxygen to breathe. There is no…

The Perks Of Critical Thought

The perks of critical thought

Through an advertisement that this newspaper carried in its September 11 edition, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) highlighted its achievements over the last 15 years. These pertain to student enrolment,…

Paralysis Of Political Thought

Paralysis of political thought

So, Nawaz Sharif has decided to fight on and not give up on the attachments that put him at the head of Pakistan and Punjab’s largest political party. He may…

Undemocratic Data

Undemocratic data

Over the past few decades, the performance of governments around the world has increasingly been judged, both internally as well as externally, by notions of how the economy has performed…

Random Thoughts: A Matter Of Give And Take

Random thoughts: A matter of give and take

There has been a great deal of sabre-rattling after North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test. The first reaction, with an aggressive rhetoric, came from US President Trump. The North Koreans are…