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Irrational passions

UNTIL recently, many of those who hailed the advent of the Modi regime as some kind of a new dawn for India often sought to justify their allegiance by pointing…

Engaging the Americans

The Biden Administration is less than a month old, but already it is knee-deep in the quicksand that is the American war in Afghanistan. A full US troop withdrawal by…

The Ladakh compromise

This Valentine’s Day, China sent special white roses with a letter to India’s ‘glorious seven’ – Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, Raksha Sachiv Ajay Kumar, Generalissimo Rawat, General Naravane, Lt-Gen Mohanty,…

Scales of accountability

IT was a scene straight out of an Amitabh Bachchan film when the ‘police’ (NAB in this case) arrived too late to catch Shahbaz Sharif at his residence. The wanted…

Price of ambition in Karachi

I HAVE watched The Godfather trilogy only once. And despite being able to appreciate the fine performances of actors such as Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the prequel,…

Land grab dressed as nationalism

THE Modi government has proposed the setting up of a new waqf board for Jammu and Kashmir. Muslim waqf boards, or trusts, are rich in land, and land is in…

Talking heads

MUCH can be said about the Punjab government’s uncharacteristic responsiveness (or, rather, overreaction) to the minor frenzy surrounding an amateurish sculpture of Allama Iqbal in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Lahore, images of…

The Hazara killings

One of the first things one realizes about Pakistan is that its population lives in different eras. A tiny minority is attuned to the latest trends in New York and…

Aiming for a ‘great buy’

News coverage of Covid vaccine development has introduced the world to the use of Randomized Controlled Trials, or RCTs, where one group of participants are given the vaccine, and another…

The handmaiden of capitalism

JOSH Malihabadi had a word for the pervasive suffocation that Indians are swamped by of late. “Ab boo-i-gul na baad-i-saba maangtay hain log/ Woh habs hai ke loo ki dua…