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A (mock) revolution gone awry

Composed on the grandest of scales and couched in the most sublime of languages, the epic represents the highest form of poetry. Typically, this genre describes the glorious saga of…

Change and revolutions

Part - IV Perhaps the best method of introducing change in society is through legal means: by introducing new progressive legislations and enforcing them in letter and spirit. Sometimes legislation…

The Glorious Musharraf Era

The glorious Musharraf era

Five days after he took over power from Nawaz Sharif in 1999, General Pervez Musharraf announced the following seven-point agenda: 1. Rebuild national confidence and morale 2. Strengthen the federation,…

Let us negotiate a revolution by design

We need a new institutional design compatible with the 21st century which will help change politics, economy, governance and society The four preceding pieces of the Azadi Notes covered evasive independence which…

Looking Back At The Cultural Revolution

Looking back at the Cultural Revolution

The 50th anniversary of the launching of the Cultural Revolution by Mao Tse Tung on May 16, 1966 passed this year unmarked in China. The media was silent and there…

The Two Revolutionaries

The two revolutionaries

Destiny has seldom been that generous to any other nation. Just when Pakistanis were crying out for a glorious leadership to bring about a metamorphosis in their fortune, not one…

The ‘myth’ of US democracy

Since the insurrection of January 6 which led to a violent attack on the US Capitol a common refrain has been: look what has happened to the oldest continuous democracy.…

Reforming SBP?

THE advent of large navies in warfare forced British monarchs to levy heavy taxes. Such arbitrary taxation led to persistent economic uncertainty that stalled economic growth. All this changed after…

Let us see tomorrow

Fast forward to October 30. What do we see? Cameras and news reporters tell us that Islamabad is choking with people: that there is a roaring multitude of oceanic proportions…

Liberalism And Conservatism

Liberalism and conservatism

Celebrating the hegemony of political Islam (Shaukat-e-Islam) while addressing a mass gathering at Larkana, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, amir of the JUI-F, came down heavily against those who want ‘liberalism’ in…