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Investing in people

According to a World Bank report issued this year, Pakistan stands behind other South Asian countries as well as most countries across the world in terms of its ability to…

The sky is not the limit

India succeeded in landing Vikram and Pragyan – its lander and rover from its spacecraft Chandrayaan-3 – on the little-explored south polar region of the moon on the late afternoon…

Universities as supermarkets

Sometime ago I was sitting with a deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan when a vice chancellor (VC) of a public-sector university came to see him. After the…

Where should young people go?

Pakistan is the fifth most populous country in the world. This is hardly good news for a nation that struggles to feed at least a third of its population with…

The secret of India’s success

Pakistan today stands at the precipice of a huge disaster. With rampant corruption under the guise of democracy, the dreams of Iqbal, Jinnah and the people who followed them lie…

Innovation for prosperity – Part II

The manufacture and export of innovative high-tech products must serve as the key pillar of our economic growth. There are huge opportunities available in almost every sector. Let us consider…

India through the years – Part I

In Pakistan, articles and essays about India that appear in journals and newspapers mostly paddle a hackneyed narrative that the state sponsors. There is hardly any serious attempt to understand…

Messing with education

Education in Pakistan has been perpetually in peril. Not because the government did not have resources; it had them for all other purposes, including some wrong ones. Mainly education has…

Development policies

In this new world order, the key for rapid socio-economic development lies in the ability of nations to manufacture and export high-technology and high value-added goods. Successive governments have failed…

Economic policymaking

One casualty of the fall of the Berlin Wall in the 1990s has been ‘economic policy’. It does not mean that ‘Economic policy’ is not required or it has become…

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