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Democracy And Agitation

Democracy and agitation

As ‘Guardian’ put it recently, “for democracy to function, you need a civically informed electorate and a fourth estate that functions independently of vested interests. Moreover, you need a genuinely…

Democracy and hate

THE post-Cold War era has seen increased identity-based hatred that has often erupted in mass murder. Much of this has targeted minorities in non-democratic or transition states emerging from autocracy,…

A New Charter Of Democracy?

A new charter of democracy?

Despite all the recent blunders at the governmental level, opposition parties have failed to bring people onto the streets. This is so because it seems that the country’s general population…

Some Lessons In Democracy

Some lessons in democracy

The gigantic democratic exercise conducted in India in seven phases as its latest exercise in election was completed did not perhaps throw up the results many of us would have…

How To Talk To Super Important Pakistanis

How to talk to super important Pakistanis

When he first took power in October 1999, General Musharraf announced a seven-point agenda – a kind of manifesto for why he was taking power and what he would do…

The angry Pakistani

IT takes an outsider to point out the anger within us. Last week, a former US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, spoke at an event, arguing that our anger prevents…

Upholding democracy

Suddenly, some of the sages appearing on electronic media and writing in newspapers have realised that they have been short-changed. Many of those who were crying hoarse for the past…

The Illusion Of Democracy

The illusion of democracy

Can you imagine Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan coming together, in a not too distant a future, to write about democracy’s travails in Pakistan? [And if they were to need…

Democracy And The People

Democracy and the people

With all the gnawing and nibbling from within, what will be left to celebrate for Pakistanis in 2018 will be the completion of terms by two consecutive democratic regimes. Something…

Constitutional Democracy

Constitutional democracy

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a constitutional democracy. And a constitutional democracy is a “system of government based on popular sovereignty” in which the “authority of the majority is…