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Deja vu

“In vain, in vain - the all-composing hour resistless falls; the Muse obeys the power” – Dunciad. The Dunciad, Alexander Pope’s epic poem, depicts the literary culture of 18th-century London.…

Reinventing Brand Pakistan

In a previous piece on the subject (‘Where is Brand Pakistan?’ January 22, 2024), I had highlighted how country brands are becoming as important as corporate or product brands, given…

There’s something in the air

When one returns from a foreign country to Karachi, s/he is met with garbage issues and an assault on one’s olfactory senses. The city of Karachi today is not only…

Living unliveable lives

In recent weeks, there is this subject tugging at my heart that I have been afraid to take up. I find it very unsettling, emotionally, and feel that I will…

State of democracy

A major global pronouncement on the annual global state of democracy is out. The verdict: democracy is in doldrums globally and 2022 was a disappointing year for democracy. There is…

Economic impact and relief package

The Coronavirus has already spread to 199 countries. The worst hit countries have been the EU countries, the US, China and Iran. The consequences are that normal economic activity, both…

Karachi-a voice unheard

Drowned. Submerged. Disconnected. Disman-tled. Dying. These sorrowful adjectives are not describing some mini-island of Indonesia but the largest city in Pakistan and the eighth largest city in the world –…

Covid-19: School education crisis in Pakistan

‘Compared with the scale of South Asia’s first wave, which peaked in September, the second is shocking. …South Asia is logging four times as many, and with hardly a sign…

Covid-19: School education crisis in Pakistan

‘Compared with the scale of South Asia’s first wave, which peaked in September, the second is shocking. …South Asia is logging four times as many, and with hardly a sign…