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In Search Of True Representation

In search of true representation

On June 8, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its judgement in the case of Workers' Party Pakistan through Akhtar Hussain, Advocate, General Secretary and 6 others v Federation…

Creative Economics

Creative economics

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.-Voltaire The concept implied by the title may appear nefarious, perhaps even prejudiced, coming from someone whose origins lie in a profession,…

Between Shame And Shamelessness

Between shame and shamelessness

We have tumbled into and been tossed from one species of government to another. We have suffered a ‘brutal’ dictatorship and savored an ‘enlightened’ one. Tired of a ‘sham’ democracy…

The Political Minimum

The political minimum

The issue of raising minimum wage hit the headlines recently with the announcement of election manifestos by different parties. All of them promised a substantial increase in the minimum wage…

High Time

High time

As the general elections draw near and names of former parliamentarians surface in the list of loan-defaulters, tax-evaders, shirkers of utility bills, and embezzlers of the national kitty, public enthusiasm…

Politics For Profit

Politics for profit

A Frenzy of activity marked the final moments of the Sindh government’s tenure with signs of frayed nerves visible in the Chief Minister’s House and elsewhere. What did it indicate?…

Politics Minus Culture

Politics minus culture

The extended exercise to select a caretaker prime minister has shown that the price Pakistan is paying for its lack of a culture of democratic politics is much greater than…

The Insolence Of Office

The insolence of office

One thing is certain: Hamlet’s soliloquy ‘To be or not be’ could not have been written by a committee. It would have taken hours of wrangling before any committee agreed…

Extremists` Threat To Polls

Extremists` threat to polls

Doubts about the 2013 general election being held at all are likely to be entertained till the ballots are actually cast, but a more worrisome question is as to what…

Undermining The Elections

Undermining the elections

In our own little world of feudal-colonial-authoritarian traditions, the aspirations for democratic values and institutions are evenly matched by a discomfort with both values and institutions. How deep is that…