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Corona and food

Around 16.8 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance over a three week period. Will the shock of the Covid-19 pandemic be a one time bump the world will get over…

Muslims in India

In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Muslims in India are being stigmatized for spreading the virus and have been made targets of violence by BJP zealots. This is…

Will the pandemic bring peace?

A global pandemic that moves with lightning speed to spread its deadly payload across borders, communities and class, demands a reconsideration at many levels. Even as we struggle to shape…

Science versus dogma

There was this front-page photograph, published on Friday, in which a member of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is looking through a very large telescope at dusk on Thursday in Karachi. This…

Tough decisions

The world is confronted with not just one but two diseases at the moment. One is caused by an obscure phantom-like virus, while the other is a brazen disregard for…

Procedures for policing

Whether there is a ‘strict’ lockdown or a ‘relaxed’ one, there is a need for clearly outlined standard operating procedures for law enforcement personnel enforcing either version of the lockdown.…

Food: security and safety

The only explanation that one can come up with for 2.5 million – and counting – cases of Cocid-19 worldwide, and for the loss of more than 170,000 (plus) precious…

The half-quarantine policy

The PTI government is facing hard choices at the moment. The half-measures or half-quarantine policy has led us to this situation. We lost precious time in the confusion over whether…

Back to the suo motu

The chief justice of Pakistan took suo-motu cognizance of the PTI regime’s response to Covid-19; critical remarks against Health Adviser to the PM Dr Zafar Mirza ran on a loop…

Corona and politics

What is certain, in the midst of the great uncertainties that have been kindled by the novel coronavirus crisis, is that the world will not be the same when it…