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India’s state of paranoia

India’s political leadership has always remained cognizant of the significance of the majority Hindu vote. This often shapes the electoral process in India and political forces evolve their respective manifestos…

From ideological to functional state

Soon after terrorists attacked a Pakistan Air Force base in Mianwali, Pakistan lost four soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, in a firefight with terrorists in the Tirah Valley. The Pakistan…

A state of many cases

‘Never a dull moment’ is a cliche, even more so for Pakistani politics. How could we have a dull moment when there is a steady stream of cases and audio/video…

Secular terrorism

In an unusual attack inside Karachi University, a female suicide bomber killed herself and three Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver. Women in terrorism is not a new phenomenon but…

Indian secularism and Islamophobia

India pretends to the world that it is a socialist, secular and democratic republic. These great but equally elusive ideals were added to the preamble of the Constitution of India…

The state of the Indian union

India is celebrating its 72nd Republic Day on January 26. Flaunting its status as the world’s most populous democracy, it nevertheless continues to drift away from the ideals of the…

Overstating the state

THE Friday past, the Hagia Sophia was opened to prayers after over 80 years, much to the consternation of many around the world. The decision to change the world-famous heritage…

Good governance, state and citizenship

The writer is a social development and policy adviser, and a freelance columnist based in Islamabad. Governance is one of those buzzwords of politics, economics and development which are used…

Modi’s fascist secularism

Arrogance is a killer,": Jack Welch. This statement from a World Corporate Guru is surely not just a good feel quote. This is true. When you see many world leaders…

Secularism At Risk

Secularism at risk

During my visits to India for religious rituals, what I have observed is that Indian Muslims are as patriotic to their country as their Hindu or Christian community is. Regardless…