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Decolonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madressahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education were taken care of for…

The rise of fascism

In the post-Cold War world, an old phenomenon in new guises has raised its ugly head all over again. This is the rise of the far right and even neo-Nazi…

Love for wisdom

In the world of wisdom, learning and intellect, philosophers are revered for their deep thinking and logical argument. Undoubtedly, Socrates was a legendary philosopher who immortalised himself when he preferred…

Awards for our doctors

The neglect to recognize the healthcare community in the recently announced ‘Pakistan Civil Awards’ has once again raised questions regarding the process of recognizing civilian heroes and if it's inclusive…

Looking for the black cat

It is not often that a column elicits such a response as ‘On reading’ did last week. There was a steady stream of emails and messages – from abroad and…

A change of heart

Women cannot achieve full equality without the right to work. It’s not merely a matter of having one’s own money: work allows women an opportunity to express their talents and…

Invisible and unheard

Ominous times, these are. And it is becoming increasingly difficult to make sense of what is happening to this country – and to us, as individuals. Yes, this dark mood…

Useful Books

Useful books

I have decided to write about some books, to draw attention to some of the good literature being published and to get people to read again rather than spending all…

An End To Inequality

An end to inequality

Inequality in our country is now a lot worse than it has ever been in our history. The need to reduce inequality has been enshrined in Article 38(a) and Article…

A Candle In The Dark

A candle in the dark

Since the dawn of civilisation, ideas about demons and evil forces have occupied the human mind. It is this preoccupation with demonic forces that has given birth to magic, theology,…