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Corruption As Empowerment?

Corruption as empowerment?

If India’s maverick psychologist and social critic Ashis Nandy had planned to ignite a potentially ugly controversy at the Jaipur Literary Festival, he couldn’t have done better than by insinuating…

Republic Of The Never-ending Rivers

Republic of the never-ending rivers

If any verse fits Pakistan’s condition permanently – could almost be its national slogan – it is Munir Niazi’s cry of despair: Ik aur darya ka saamna tha Munir mujhko,…

Victims And Victimhood

Victims and victimhood

Salman Rushdie, a much-feted victim of intolerance, was vigorously promoting his memoir recently when I asked a friend in London to send me a copy of The Rushdie Letters. It…

Perpetual War

Perpetual war

Four years into his presidency, Barack Obama’s political formula should be obvious. He gives fabulous speeches teeming with popular liberal ideas, often refuses to take the actions necessary to realise…

The State And Economic Development

The state and economic development

The role of the Pakistani state in the country’s economy has recently come under scrutiny - in reference to the ongoing electricity and natural gas/CNG crisis. The argument usually put…

No Change On The Horizon

No change on the horizon

After keeping the country on tenterhooks for almost a month, one of the most farcical melodramas of Pakistani politics ended a week ago in Islamabad having been taken to the…

Less Politics, More Art

Less politics, more art

These days preparations for the Karachi Literature Festival are underway, a happy time for those of us who want to turn our minds from politics and towards the arts. Yet…

In Jordan Polls, Every Vote Has Its Price

In Jordan polls, every vote has its price

Rather than ideology, charisma or even religious devotion, many Jordanians say they have found a more "impartial" measure to select their next parliamentarians: tthe size of their pocketbooks "Whoever is…