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The Political Hiatus

The political hiatus

The fierce electoral contest unfolding in Pakistan has as its counterpart a relatively tranquil state of affairs in the interim set-up. This is good, and should be the approach of…

The Politics Of Urbanisation

The politics of urbanisation

In relatively stable societies, economics shapes politics these are places where one can meaningfully say `it`s the economy, stupid`. Even seemingly bizarre foreign policies can be related to economics as…

End Of The Electables?

End of the electables?

Not ugly local politics, not dharrabandi, not thanakutcheri, not the candidate who can ride his local network of support to victory on any ticket, in any election. Parties won. N-League…

Fixing The Economy

Fixing the economy

As a nation we seem to believe that there is either a magic wand that will make our problems disappear or that undertaking reforms is like fixing an electricity fuse…

Squandered Funds

Squandered funds

The idea of community participation in education has now evolved from parent-teacher associations (PTAs) and parent-teacher committees (PTCs) in some areas, into school management committees (SMCs). But despite this evolution,…

Elections And The Economy

Elections and the economy

The people of Pakistan have made known their will through the ballot on May 11, 2013. The PML-N has emerged as the clear winner and will be able to form…

Forebodings And Forewarnings

Forebodings and forewarnings

The elections are, at last, over and by the time this article appears, the final outcome will have emerged. As voters wended their way to polling booths, they were assailed…

Supply And Demand

Supply and demand

In economics, demand is "how much of something people want" and supply is "how much of something is available". Price, in a competitive market, is “derived by the interaction of…

Improvement In Ties?

Improvement in ties?

Much has already been made of Nawaz Sharif’s overtures to India during his election campaign. The Indian high commissioner last week called on Sharif at Raiwind to discuss ways in…