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Senseless Spending

Senseless spending

A recent media report which claims US military sales to India went from zero to $15 billion over the last 10 years clearly indicates that our romance with this non-productive…

Hashtagging Genocide

Hashtagging genocide

Fifth column There is a creepy rush among Indian public figures – cricketers, films stars, writers, journalists and politicians – to validate and justify war crimes in Jammu and Kashmir.…

Development: The Imperialist Way

Development: the imperialist way

Colonialism and imperialism share a common design for the expansion and control of the economy and political systems of other countries. The history of imperialism suggests that control over other…

The Company Towns

The company towns

In 2007 I was head of the Management Association of Pakistan. In October of that year I was attending a management conclave in Kolkata. The hosts for this conference were…

The Ugly Side Of Indian Politics

The ugly side of Indian politics

Since the dawn of modern time, sports has diligently been weaved into the diplomatic affairs of a state, seen as a medium for bridging gaps between a chasm of differences.…

Sainthoods Earned

Sainthoods earned

Now that Pope Francis has finished with the business of canonising Mother Teresa as Saint Teresa of Kolkata, perhaps he might apply his mind to the credentials of another equally…

Affairs Not So Foreign

Affairs not so foreign

I read with interest the recent news reports of a dialogue being held in Islamabad on national security, deterrence and regional stability in South Asia. With India and Iran inking…

Making Goebbels Proud Of India

Making Goebbels proud of India

BJP President Amit Shah flashed a 2013 copy of Outlook magazine to an election crowd in Kerala last week. It had a cover story on malnutrition and infant mortality in…

Dalits’ Dream Of Pakistan

Dalits’ dream of Pakistan

A group of Pakistani Dalits in Mirpurkhas gathered at their town hall recently. They vowed to initiate a movement to assert their distinct political identity, and fight for their communities’…

Only A Dream Can End A Nightmare

Only a dream can end a nightmare

India may be waking up from its unwarranted nightmare. A call has gone out from the head of its most impoverished and second-most populous province to cobble an anti-Hindutva alliance…