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Deoband And Resistance To The Raj

Deoband and resistance to the Raj

The 1857 war of freedom brought together different strata of society to liberate India from foreign rule. A number of religious leaders, who were descendents of Shah Waliullah, took an…

The Bigger Picture

The bigger picture

While the world is still reeling from the shock of being Trumped, Pakistanis seem to have forgotten about everything other than the Panama Papers case before the Supreme Court of…

Language Wars

Language wars

It is easy to get embroiled in controversies of which there never seems to be a shortage in Pakistan. The online world has ensured that any contentious bit of news…

‘Jewels In Rags’

‘Jewels in rags’

AS in the past, this year, too, the examiners in Punjab’s education system have found some poor students, most of them belonging to the lowest rung of the working class,…

The Pervaiz Rasheed Affair

The Pervaiz Rasheed affair

When Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed spoke at the Karachi Arts Council on May 3, he stated the self-evident. Without explicitly naming madressahs, he said large numbers of factories mass-produce ignorance…

The Different Realities Of A Complex Country

The different realities of a complex country

When we talk politics or discuss the national condition anyone would think we were the world’s biggest moaners and grousers. Cynicism has become the general attitude of the intelligentsia and…

Environment Alert

Environment alert

Be it food insecurity, water stress, or climate change, Pakistan is under threat from wide-ranging environmental problems. If ever we needed a reminder, the heatwave in Karachi provided just that.…

Modi’s Mythologies

Modi’s mythologies

Suffering from jaundice several decades ago, sick to death of the constant imbibing of sugarcane juice and bored out of my skull, my eyes fell on an interesting volume on…

Modi And Corporate Hindutva

Modi and corporate Hindutva

As the momentum of India’s nine-phase national election shifts in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s opponents, a new bunch of writers and social scientists have risen to defend its…