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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…

Reviving science

AS our economic situation (particularly the exchange rate parity and balance of trade) has worsened over the last few months, everyone feels an expenditure squeeze. There is likely to be…

Arts or science?

ADD ‘or commerce?’ to the question in the title. With the examination season in full swing, to be followed by college admissions a few months later, this is naturally the…

Science Under Trump

Science under Trump

Somehow, some way, we have made it to the end of 2017.And what a long year it’s been. Looking back, it is almost unbelievable how much damage the Trump administration…

Women In Science

Women in science

There is no lack of talent in Pakistan. Then why is there an immense gender gap in professional fields involving science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM)? If your answer…

Our Social Policy Choices

Our social policy choices

Pakistan is an emerging democracy that has tremendous potential to overcome its political and socioeconomic problems. The democratic process over the past decade has helped improve Pakistan’s image as a…

A Social Democratic Alternative

A social democratic alternative

The mainstream parliamentary parties are being eroded as the alignment of democratic forces breaks down and the Charter of Democracy evaporates at the altar of expediency. With this erosion, the…

Believe In Science

Believe in science

I met a climate crisis denier today. It came out of nowhere. I was getting my camera repaired, and I was chatting with the repairman afterward. Just before I left,…

India’s Conscience

India’s conscience

It has been more than a year since progressive students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) ignited a countrywide movement against the excesses of the Indian state. Long considered a denizen of anti-establishment…

Random Thoughts: Science For Development

Random thoughts: Science for development

No one can deny the importance of science and technology in national development. Every aspect of our existence depends on advancements in these fields. However, there can be no scientific…