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The Social Democratic Model

The social democratic model

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is clearly on a mission to revive the party in Punjab, and especially in Lahore. For the first time in recent times, he tried to…

Credit And Social Capital

Credit and social capital

One of my friends runs a small-scale business. His business is located in the older part of Rawalpindi – in a place popularly known as purana shehr. While the outlines…

Promoting innovation

There are some common themes from the lives of Thomas Edison (1847-1931), Robert Noyce (1927-1990) and Steve Jobs (1955-2011) that can provide valuable insights to Pakistan’s policymakers designing policies on…

Parks and prejudice

My fondest childhood memories are those of family picnics in neighbourhood parks during the winter. Our parents would bask under the sun and sip chai while the kids ran around…

What does privacy mean?

Power and rights are neither absolute nor permanent but dynamic, situational, contested and socially constructed concepts. Power, in the sociological context does not merely mean raw physical force or economic…

Diversity and unity

SINCE the country’s creation, the accent has always been on ‘unity’, even at the expense of diversity, in every aspect of life — identity, language, culture, education, faith and what…

A self-sufficient economic model

It is time to strike a strategic balance between public and economic health for the maximum economic good of masses at large, especially the have-nots. As such, while extreme physical austerity needs to be…

Virtual totalitarianism

Be it the scandals disclosed by the Facebook papers, the scrutiny over the use of algorithms by the company, the inability to combat galloping misinformation on its platforms, or the…

Tomorrowland

CORONA is here to stay. Wrapping one’s mind around this reality is not easy. Neither is it pleasant. By all expert accounts, however, we shall have to learn to live…