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Politics and the Pakistani diaspora

Historically, ‘diaspora’ had a very specific meaning – mostly ascribed to Jews and Armenians’ dispersions around the world – epitomizing the historical oppression and neglect these communities had to face…

Digitally-enhanced democracy

Like many millions around the world, I have watched in awe, excitement and horror as a new world order has begun to emerge over the last decade and a half.…

Our bourgeois democracy

The failure of the PTI in extending help to the people and the recent price hike in petroleum prices by the Shahbaz Sharif-led government has put a question mark on…

What ails democracy?

World Democracy Day fell on September 15 and was celebrated here in Pakistan as well as the world over. Though not very public or at the grassroots levels, events related…

Defending democracy

Former US President Trump has termed the US to be akin to a “broken, third world country,” which has become “corrupt, at a level not seen before.” He made this…

Desperate Pakistanis

I began writing this week’s column a few weeks ago, and the topic was desperation. I will get to the original subject matter, but there is a more urgent desperation…

Asserting democracy

THE impact of this government on democracy and parliamentary norms are worth exploring given the motion for the vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Imran Khan filed by the now…

Destroying democracy from within

Marx said that history repeated itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. But what about the third time? Or the fourth? Or the twentieth? Do the…

Democracy under attack

The American ruling elite has created the perception that the rise of ‘Communist China’ and authoritarian Russia pose a threat to capitalist democracy in not only the US but also…

Democracy missing in action

LET’S outdo Prime Minister Modi in what he does best: invent an acronym. But then we need to also move on to the next steps. Today’s unpronounceable offer is: OASWNBRIBNGOOFOT.…