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Pricing petrol

Petrol prices were increased on July 15 in Pakistan by Rs5.40/litre to a level of Rs118/litre, while diesel prices were raised by Rs2.54/litre to a level of Rs116.53/litre. In dollar…

Mamata kindles India’s hope

IT was a crucial make-or-break vote that P.V. Narasimha Rao faced when Mamata Banerjee was ushered in in a wheelchair and helped to her seat in the packed and tense…

Epic miscalculation

CALCULATIONS suggest that the savage second wave of Covid-19 behind India’s unfolding humanitarian disaster will peak in mid-May. No one has predicted that it will rapidly recede thereafter. One can…

Two budgerigars

SOME marriages are made in heaven, others at the World Bank. Isher Judge and Montek Singh Ahluwalia met in 1970 when she (a brilliant student at MIT) interned at the…

Bigotry: a handy state asset

IT has been claimed by eager analysts that last week’s gory killings of Hindus and Muslims, predominantly the latter, in the working-class districts of north-eastern Delhi was an embarrassment for the Indian…

If the virus mocks our greed

WHAT was the highest bounty put on anyone in the Wild West? Whatever it was, it was not in trillions of dollars as has been put on the head of…

Stateless people

Every year on December 16, Pakistani citizens mourn the tragic separation of East Pakistan. Historically, the Pakistan Movement gained momentum after the 23rd March, 1940 jalsa in Lahore, under the…

As a peasant loves his land

IN her moving obituary to Soumitra Chatterjee last week, his avid fan and fellow movie actor Sharmila Tagore posed a question that could be asked of moviegoers in Pakistan and…

India’s demonisation of Muslims

THE Modi administration has been at daggers drawn with Indian Muslims for years. Before the pandemic struck, a draconian citizenship law aimed at divesting millions of legitimate Indians of their citizenship based…

Before the next deluge

Very little can be done unless there is careful thinking carried out in advance. The sight of water rushing through the streets of Karachi and people taking out the rain…