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Our Clueless Ruling Class

Our clueless ruling class

Political clash and conflict is not something new for Pakistan nor, indeed, for any other democracy in the world. What is new in the present situation is the fact that…

Middle Class: The New Punching Bag

Middle class: the new punching bag

Mr Zaigham Khan’s column titled ‘A family of thieves’ (published on these pages on August 7, 2017) discusses the issue of ‘middle-class politics’ and its clash with traditional political parties…

Fissures In The Political Class

Fissures in the political class

The reactions of politicians and the public for and against the Supreme Court verdict on the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reflect the way the political community is divided…

A Ruling And A Country Split

A ruling and a country split

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif survives. The Supreme Court has asked him and some of his family members to appear before a joint investigation team (JIT) to clear allegations of illegal…

Corruption And Class

Corruption and class

Concluding my previous article, ‘Corruption and Rhetoric’ (May 4), I wrote: “To fix a disease you need to identify the root cause first. And for corruption, it is class structure”.…

Bottom Of The Class

Bottom of the class

There months ago, when I accepted an invitation to join a panel discussion organised by London’s Democracy Forum, I had no idea it was a very pro-India outfit. The subject…

Classic ‘loss Of Authority’

Classic ‘loss of authority’

When a society begins to lose its equilibrium, one of the signs that social scientists have identified is what they call the loss of authority, or power deflation. And I…