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Shadow of spring

HISTORY, when it happens, tends to take you by surprise. This is especially true of the often violent upheavals that revolutions bring with them, and as far as those are…

Decline of social democracy

In the last two decades, social democratic parties have been in severe electoral decline. While they were a major force in West European politics for much of the post-war period,…

The NROs that matter

IN other parts of the world, there is a flavor of the month or the restaurant which shines bright for a couple of months before falling by the wayside but…

Chaos vs chaos

Monday’s defiant public protest in Multan by the opposition coalition – the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – immediately drew harsh criticism from members of the ruling structure led by Prime…

Trump’s voters

Media pundits and others have been deeply perplexed as to why so many Americans in this election – 70 million in fact – nonetheless voted for Trump. But it’s not…

Misplaced priorities

The much-feared second wave of the coronavirus has already gripped several parts of the world with the UK announcing a country-wide lockdown and other states mulling taking the same line.…

Prof Tausif on journalism: Part – II

Prof Tausif Ahmed’s writings on journalism take us through the vicissitudes of this country and how journalists have endured hardships while fighting for the freedom of expression. One such article…

Guardians of the status quo

Throughout history, the delusional allure of wealth and power has seen poor men wanting to be rich, rich vying to be kings and kings yearning to be god. As Roman…

Are you now or were you ever? – Part I

The US in the 1940s and 50s was a scene of social unrest, class conflict and militant trade-union and political activities. Art and literature had not yet turned away from…

SNC and languages

Since the Single National Curriculum was made public by the incumbent government a rigorous debate has emerged, involving prominent experts in education and language policies. The critics deem the SNC…