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Consumption, culture, change

READERS beware. This title could be misleading, but our changing CPI (consumer price index) basket, besides tracking inflation, says a lot about our culture. Our current CPI basket is based…

Humanity on profound trial

“Human Kind” and “Gentlemen” had become obsolete words in Pre-Corona era. Human beings were neither kind nor men / women were gentle to each other or to their habitat. The…

Human development

There is now a well-established critique that GDP alone does not capture human welfare quite well on its own. There is a need for a broader canvas to convey the…

The importance of human capital

Pakistan has shown a significant decline in poverty, from 50.4 percent in 2005-06 to 24.3 percent in 2015-16, both at the regional and national levels. However, despite the significant decline…

Human Rights And The Future

Human rights and the future

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s annual report was released last week. Unsurprisingly, it is a compendium of the country’s failures over the past year. From freedom of thought and…

How not to waste food

The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW) was observed on September 29, 2023. The theme of this year’s IDAFLW was ‘Stop Food Loss and Waste; for…

Climate resilience

The Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) 2020 says that Pakistan has one of the highest levels of risk for urban water security and ranks among the lowest for disaster risk…

Gaza’s water crisis

“The water is back,” one family member would announce in a mix of excitement and panic, often very late at night. The moment such an announcement was made, my whole…

What is to be done?

The worst floods in the history of Pakistan have taken more than one thousand lives and displaced millions. Most of the victims are poor and destitute, living in makeshift shelters,…