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Women, words and the constitution

One of the landmark moments during the golden jubilee celebrations of the constitution of Pakistan was the realization that the time had come to foster inclusivity in its language. This…

The new norm

Speaking out against the Israeli occupation of Palestine is no longer taboo among elected US politicians. Once upon a time, speaking out against Israel in Congress generated a massive and…

Not Much Room

Not much room

On January 3, a US drone strike killed Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), shortly after he landed in Baghdad…

Steering Clear Of The ’90s

Steering clear of the ’90s

Much as everyone would want to come out completely and irreversibly out of the 1990s the ghosts, new and old, threaten to pull them back into the phase made infamous…

All About Handshakes

All about handshakes

You don’t have to be the best of friends to shake hands. It is really just a kind of courtesy that has been in vogue in many cultures and regions…

Beyond Elections

Beyond elections

Looking beyond the coming elections, Pakistan’s future looks bleak. There is little question that elections 2013 will prove more divisive and chaotic than anything we have seen before. Mere transfer…

As Bond saw Kennedy’s appeal

JOHN Kennedy’s exhortation to not ask what one’s country could do for the citizens but what they could do for the country appealed to James Bond in a quaint way.…

Learning nothing from history

Recent political developments suggest that the revolutionaries of the Pakistani political system who claim to have challenged the mighty elements of state in the past have completely surrendered to those…

Looking for poll clues

Pakistan needs to fast start throwing up signs to convince everyone around that a general election in the country is imminent. Right now, things are moving rather slowly, despite whatever…

The victory lap

Some of the politicians on the (supposedly?) winning side of the current divide in Pakistan are behaving in a manner reminiscent of victorious soldiers in history. Their laughter as they…