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Daanish: then and now

Built in 5 BCE, Takshashila University, also known as Taxila University, was considered the citadel of knowledge. It would remain so for seven centuries. Taxila itself, with well-planned cities, was…

Water for peace

Water is an important scarce natural resource that is required for several everyday activities. Water plays a significant role in impacting our political and socio-economic decisions. It is a necessity…

Ending hopium—I

Is it time to implement manifestos, return to the drawing board under the shadow of a national government, maintain status quo or take prioritized measures to prepare Pakistan of 2047…

Provincial economic policy

As the new provincial governments are finding their feet in a rather very difficult economic environment, it is important to fix the problems at the root. This means setting aside…

Not an elitist festival

Despite all the criticism for being an ‘elite’ show for ‘burger’ families, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) organized by the Oxford University Press (OUP) remains a fest for those interested…

Education and manifestos

DO party manifestos show intentions? Going by past record, they do not. Hardly ever have parties adhered to manifestos. But manifestos do show what parties want the people to know…

Social breakdown

DUE to a variety of factors, inflation is rampant, and many economists do not see any relief in sight. There is a need to understand more about the impact of…

How a language dies

A language dies when nobody speaks it anymore. Why a language dies is a pertinent question asked by linguists and activists alike. Linguists and activists across the world have shown…

Mehrjui and Iranian cinema ( Part – I )

One of the founding fathers of Iranian New Wave cinema, Dariush Mehrjui, and his writer wife, Vahidea Mohammadi, lost their lives in a knife attack in Tehran on Oct 14,…