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Return to the gold standard?

Mr Market remembers mid-August as the time when, on 15 August 1971, US President Richard Nixon interrupted the hit TV series Bonanza on a Sunday night to announce that Washington…

Before Gorbachev : Part – II

In the USSR, the 1980s began with big news. The Soviet armies had entered Afghanistan in the last week of 1979 on the pretext of a request by the new…

Missing Dilip Kumar in the fight

IT was the thespian’s birthday on Saturday, the first since his demise in July from age-related ailments. The fact that he valiantly fought the fight for India’s cultural soul, for its progressive…

Pakistan: here and now

Essay writing as a genre has not evolved in Pakistan. If you try to count the number of essay writers that Pakistan has produced over the last seven decades, you…

Soviet memories (Part- III )

After Gorbachev assumed power in the Soviet Union in March 1985, it took him nearly a year to consolidate his position and by early 1986 he appeared to be fully…

Irrfan and Rishi – Part II

How do I distinguish between good, very good, and excellent movies? Well, my definition is simple: if you watch a movie that keeps you engaged for the entire length and…

No country for sane voices

The storm of abuse and sheer vitriol that greeted Naseeruddin Shah’s lament over the alarming state of the nation only proves his point. The actor wasn’t even referring to the…

The Fiction Of Altaf Fatima

The fiction of Altaf Fatima

Hardly a week had passed since the death of Fahmida Riaz that we lost another writer of outstanding merit and talent – Altaf Fatima – who died at the age…

A Poet’s Conscience

A poet’s conscience

“You’re a brave man they tell me./ I’m not./ Courage has never been my quality./ Only I thought it disproportionate/ so to degrade myself as others did…” That’s how ‘Talk’…

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