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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…

Geelani sahib: in memoriam

The passing away of Syed Ali Shah Geelani marks the culmination of a life dedicated to the people and cause of Occupied Kashmir. Geelani sahib’s dedication, devotion, sacrifices and his…

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…

Maulana Wahiduddin: rethinking jihad

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s death in New Delhi last month at the age of 96 has resulted in a spate of commemorative articles in the Pakistani press. Many of these pieces…

The ‘ethics’ of empire?

In 2017, a professor at Oxford University in the United Kingdom proposed a research project. The key thesis: that the empire as a historical phenomenon – distinct from an ideological…

At a loss for words

I RECENTLY visited public high schools in two villages in Mandi Bahauddin district. I was impressed by the insights of their heads on the merits of various languages of instruction.…