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Language And Thinking

Language and thinking

Education is a much talked about issue in today’s Pakistan. Unfortunately it provokes little serious thinking and even less action. I keep hoping that this talk will turn into action…

On The Brink Of Extinction

On the brink of extinction

I was sitting in one of the classrooms of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) this weekend. The yellow and green room, with white lights and furniture, reminded me…

The Lure Of Linguicism

The lure of linguicism

The term ‘linguicism’ was coined in the 1980s by Finnish linguist and educator Tove Skutnabb-Kangas. She defined linguicism as the “ideologies and structures that are used to legitimate, effectuate and…

Why English Again?

Why English again?

Since 1999, when Unesco first declared Feb 21 International Mother Language Day, this issue has received much attention throughout the world. In Pakistan, where the language issue has always had…

No more misogyny, Mr Khan

I grew up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, almost worshipping Imran Khan as a cricket captain. I can’t forget the countless delights he had given us as a…

The cycle of leadership

Many of us in Pakistan wonder when we will have a political leader we can be proud of and follow with some degree of true admiration. At the current time,…

Lessons in school reforms

Pakistan has struggled to maintain any kind of standard at both government and private schools across the country. While private schools often claim to offer the best education and learning…

The plight of Biharis

On March 20, the Bangladesh parliament unanimously adopted a resolution to observe March 25 as the Gonohotya Dibos (Day of Genocide). Bengalis continue repeating their myth that Pakistan Army conducted…