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A divisive frame of mind

Would you rather have someone pick your pocket with their left or their right hand? Would you prefer to get robbed facing the business end of a small handgun or…

Education and manifestos

DO party manifestos show intentions? Going by past record, they do not. Hardly ever have parties adhered to manifestos. But manifestos do show what parties want the people to know…

The land where time stands still

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a panel on the issue of harassment on university campuses. The audience comprised students, 20-something-year-old men and women, from various public universities…

Building back the broken road

We were once on a road that could have led us to a promising future. That future now seems bleak, and hopelessness has overtaken a country from which people in…

Promoting harmony

With an increasing level of intolerance in Pakistan, there is a need to promote cultural and interfaith harmony. The Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) that Amir Rana leads in…

Governance for local government: Part – IV

The rules of business have to be changed accordingly. It would be imperative that the chief executive officers of metropolitan corporations and large district councils are appointed from among Grade…

Education quality

Low budgets may not always result in low-quality public goods like education services. And adding more funds to the system will not automatically raise its quality. That might only make…

Recalibrating governance: Part IV

Pakistan faces two serious problems in education. Twenty million children are out of school and learning outcomes from existing schooling are quite weak. To resolve both these problems, governance reforms…

Developing a personality

The value of education is matchless. Apart from adding to one’s knowledge, it has the potential to play a central role in the development and nourishment of a good personality…

Portrait of a different generation

 I was recently talking to a faculty member, a fellow Gen-Xer, at a major UK university and he shared an observation he made at the start of the new academic…