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The Negative Side Of Positive

The negative side of positive

PRIME Minister Manmohan Singh urged us all recently to shed `negativity`. I kept looking long and hard for `positivity` between the rolling hills of scams, the deepening crisis in the…

Budget – A Long-term View

Budget – a long-term view

There are certain yardsticks to judge the quality, veracity, authenticity and efficacy of any thing related to any human activity. Similarly there are yardsticks to evaluate a budget presented by…

Circular Debt And The Economic Eco-system

Circular debt and the economic eco-system

Reading a recent leader story in this paper about the government's intention to issue $5 billion worth of T-Bills/PIB's in lieu of the circular debt has prompted me to write…

Sincerity Is Not Enough

Sincerity is not enough

No government in Pakistan has ever inherited a graver and more existentially challenging set of crises and problems than the PML-N-led national government will do when it formally assumes office…

The People Have Spoken

The people have spoken

OVER the last five years, if I had a dollar each time somebody complained about democracy, I might not have become rich, but would at least have been able to…

Get Agrarian

Get agrarian

Land reforms and the imposition of tax on income derived from agriculture, which is presently exempt in the majority of countries like Pakistan, are two issues that attract a lot…

Changing Trends

Changing trends

Political parties differ in a variety of ways, eg in their ideology, their leadership’s socio-economic background and their national or ethnic focus. The types of parties representing a region reflect…

Life After Elections

Life after elections

The PTI: The biggest story of the election - even a week later. No one should try to diminish your triumph, least of all yourselves. The notion of winning a…

The ECP And Rigged Elections

The ECP and rigged elections

The campaigning in the run-up to Saturday and the voting on election day were generally orderly but allegations of rigging were aplenty as the results poured in. To an extent,…

Election Outlook-XII: Ethnic Cleavages

Election Outlook-XII: Ethnic cleavages

Sending flowers is a measure of how much you care. And, firing a broadside at somebody is a measure of how much you dislike or despise that person. It was,…