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As humanity bubbled in prison

“THEY killed Stan Swamy.” Fellow journalist John Dayal’s Facebook message startled me. The 84-year-old Jesuit priest was put on the ventilator two days ago after weeks of fighting Covid at…

Energy security and the nuclear program

The month of May marks the 23rd anniversary of nuclear weapon tests in South Asia. Since then, the discourse on non-military aspect of nuclear technology and its enormous potential of…

The Naltar tragedy and beyond

The unfortunate incident of an attack on a passenger van and the killing of six people in the picturesque Naltar valley of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) a couple of weeks back came…

Death and despair

Grandmothers carrying babies, mothers, children, men young and old with nothing but the clothes on their backs are fleeing fighting in northern Ethiopia and making their way to Sudan, where…

Pakistan and the rights agenda

A few weeks ago, Pakistani diplomacy, known traditionally for punching above its weight, landed another historic win when Pakistan was elected to a fifth, three-year term at the UN Human…

The Future Of Humanity

The future of humanity

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction. Scientists have created what has been described as the first living robots in the lab, and they did so by first trying…

Individuals And Society

Individuals and society

We hear every day about the misdeeds of people in society. We hear endlessly about corruption, notably by politicians. We hear about murders, honour killing, dacoits, rapes, street crime and…

Power, Justice And Democracy

Power, justice and democracy

As a nation the world views us as synonymous with people of unpredictable talent – from politics to cricket. Our happiness is short-lived and so are our sorrows. Every now…

Above The Law

Above the law

Millions of Pakistanis were shocked to see – live on TV – lawyers vandalising a public hospital and assaulting patients, paramedics and doctors. The enraged lawyers broke windows, doors and…

Ayodhya, Kartarpur, And Jinnah’s Pakistan

Ayodhya, Kartarpur, and Jinnah’s Pakistan

The South Asian hero is seen differently by different communities, but in the aftermath of yet another symbol of India’s institutionalization of Hindu supremacism or Hindutva, one man stands above…