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Regulator’s Role

Regulator’s role

Pakistan’s media producers and consumers have for years called for a stronger media regulator. In recent months, Pemra has tried to muscle up, warning against content that threatens ‘national security’,…

CII Reform A Priority

CII reform a priority

The issues raised by the Maulana Sheerani-led Council of Islamic Ideology’s keenness to ensure that wife-beating does not end in Pakistan will be solved neither by protests by women activists…

Infrastructure Of Fear

Infrastructure of fear

On the heels of the recently proposed bill by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) regarding permission for a husband to lightly beat his wife and prohibition on mixing of…

A Fresh Narrative

A fresh narrative

MILITANT groups, including the Taliban and the Islamic State, have unleashed unspeakable terror in the world. Yet they also attract Muslims in large numbers, driven by a desire to establish…

Less Religion, More Religion

Less religion, more religion

STATES and societies are struggling to find ways to deal with religion — or religious thought, to be precise. While most states see religion as a challenge, for the common…

The Faith Factor

The faith factor

DOES religion play any role in your professional growth? This was a question put before successful women professionals and leaders from different fields at an international conference. It was a…

View Point: Return Of The Caliphate

View Point: Return of the caliphate

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has finally attained success in proclaiming establishment of the Islamic State in western Iraq and north-eastern Syria, declaring its chief, Abu Bakr…

Rescuing Enlightenment Universals

Rescuing Enlightenment universals

The postmodernist assault on Enlightenment, launched in the 1980s, was assisted by postcolonialism. Branching out of Cultural Studies, the latter started as a metropolitan academic attempt to surpass the marginalisation…

Islamophobic Modi

The Indian political horizon is in a frenzy with the ongoing 18th Lok Sabha polls. Voting for the multi-phase elections started on April 19 and will span over six weeks,…

Our striking divide

We often think of our society as a homogeneous unit. This is in many ways far from reality. While the divides that run through the political space have become increasingly…