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Life responsibility

“It’s my life” sung by Jon Bon Jovi was a Chart buster song in 2000. Everybody loved the theme. It started the millennial era. The 21st generation rebels just adored…

The big fat wedding business

OMG. Incredible. Astounding. Mindblowing. Stunning. Mesmerizing. And, you can go on and on with adjectives that laced the unfolding of the wedding of the century. The Ambanis are mega rich.…

A Temporary Ceasefire

A temporary ceasefire

Eid is a festival of peace, love, brotherhood and equality. This year, we practically witnessed the positive impact of Eid in Afghanistan. On June 7, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced…

Militants’ Language

Militants’ language

Pakistan had braced itself for a ‘bloody’ election. It’s bad enough that being resigned to this reality was a prerequisite for further democratic consolidation. But the carnage that is unfolding…

Afghanistan without illusions

Pakistan’s understanding of its northwestern neighbour is beset with hubris and delusion masquerading as familiarity. The increasingly bold and bloody attacks on our soldiers and Pakistan’s response indicate that it…

Rule by mob

This past week’s widely publicized case of a mob seeking to attack a young woman in Lahore on the suspicion of blasphemy flowing from her attire was a powerful reminder…

Morocco law reform offers hope for women’s rights

Two decades after a landmark but limited revision of Morocco’s family law marked a breakthrough for women, activists hope new reforms will defy Islamist objections and provide greater equality. The…

Education and manifestos

DO party manifestos show intentions? Going by past record, they do not. Hardly ever have parties adhered to manifestos. But manifestos do show what parties want the people to know…

Busting saffron terror

India’s phenomenal rise has amazed the world. Its GDP growth rate averaged around 6-7 per cent annually in the last two decades, making it one of the fastest-growing major economies.…