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A potpourri is Indian culture

INDIAN culture as any other is a malleable commodity, which makes it happily difficult to define as yours and mine. In essential ways, it is the opposite of what today’s…

Poll verdict slams cancel culture

PAKISTAN’S voters have reprimanded anti-democratic power centres for seeking to ‘cancel’ political opponents. Voters ensured that Imran Khan’s popularity increased in inverse proportion to the reported repression he and his…

The facade of Indian democracy

Seventy-five years ago, India gained freedom and declared itself a secular state. The constitution of the world’s largest democracy provides for “freedom of conscience and the right of all individuals…

Dilip Kumar an Indian metaphor

ONE sees a few good reasons to miss Dilip Kumar every Aug 5, starting this week. It was on this day that his most popular movie Mughal-i-Azam was released in…

Foreigners and other Indians

THE 1648 treaty of Westphalia created the modern template of nation-states out of collapsing empires and kingdoms in Europe. That prescription is still not fitting everyone’s need (or greed), giving…

Misreading the Indian mind

Sun Tzu laid down a fundamental principle of strategy in the following words: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred…

The Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Asia

Pakistan was founded in 1947 at a time when nobody was thinking about globalization even though the then just concluded WW II suggested that. History of the opposing military alliances…

Indian media demonizing Kashmiri men

The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu-led nationalist government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that…

Defining culture

POOR Pakistani culture. It has had a rough start to 2019, assailed by all manner of threats: ‘bed scenes’, feminism, Indians. The Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the ban on televised…