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Political jalsas and fading public interest

Unlike the past, when political rallies by opposition led to uncertainty in markets, shutter-down and difficulty in public movement - all of this appears to be fading away. In the…

What Happened To ‘public Interest’?

What happened to ‘public interest’?

The christening of the new PPP Prime Minister (PM) was followed by a predictable set of reactions, both from within the fold and the proverbial anti-PPP camp. Needless to say,…

The corrosion of a republic

The corrosion of a republic isn’t an event. It is a process. It isn’t a partisan affair. It is wholesale. It is never limited or contained. It is large scale…

What ails public-sector education?

I asked 12 year-old Sultan (pseudonym) to read from his Urdu textbook. He struggled to read a simple sentence (“more sher ki tarha jungle kaa badshah hai”). While he eventually…

Managing public investment the mission-oriented way

Two renowned intellectuals – Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, and columnist for Guardian George Monbiot – in two separate articles recently, pointed towards a common problem: neoliberalism, and austerity,…

Power bills and public anger

The usual jargon was issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on 27, Sunday, after an inconclusive emergent meeting was called in the aftermath of violent street protests in several cities…

Public sentiment taken for granted

The public sentiment has mostly been taken for granted by the governments and the parliamentarians as a class with no voice and the one which would sustain hardships inflicted by…