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Politics through a film script

THERE was a Bombay movie in 1964, a few weeks before Nehru’s death. It was called Leader, the only film for which the late actor Dilip Kumar wrote the story.…

Politics over economy

“As I have been arguing for a long time now, there is a real need not simply for a political economy of wealth but also for a political economy of…

Politics of inflation

Inflation in Pakistan is a political decision. The most recent government-released figures depict a major year-on-year increase of 31 per cent. The 31 per cent increase in prices is a…

Hydropolitics of hate

Irrational thinking usually leads to irrational decision. Hate is an irrational and visceral instinct, and those consumed by it are always prone to illogical acts. Regardless of its illegality, the…

Say no to camp politics?

Amidst most of the gloom shrouding the prospects of the country’s economic landscape (and of course of the unending political circus too), perhaps the only sanguine news of late came…

The future of Eurasian geopolitics

Powerful forces are inexorably redrawing the Eurasian geopolitical map. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was the latest, but not the only one, of the momentous developments which will have far-reaching repercussions…

A week really is a long time in UK politics

Liz Truss came to 10 Downing Street vowing to be a “disruptor”. She U-turned on almost everything else, but that was one promise the convention-shredding Conservative leader delivered in full.…

Politics of false narratives

Imran Khan lacks the credentials of a visionary leader who has an unswerving commitment to prioritize national interests. But he surely is a master in carving out false narratives and…

Power, politics, Pakistan

Power politics in Pakistan has a long history. Almost every regime did its best to propagate, manipulate and temper the constitution's fabric to for its own interest. Institutions' subjective interpretations…

The politics of economic policies

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted on 8 June, two days before the budget was presented in parliament: “coalition government has taken some difficult decisions to stabilize the economy. We didn’t…