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Raising National Conscience

Raising national conscience

What will it take to raise our conscience and our understanding that there are things that need to be remedied urgently in our country? There is no sign that this…

The March For Science

The march for science

It’s no coincidence that Earth Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the climate agreement and the March for Science are all taking place on the same day, April 22. It is…

Refugees And Our Conscience

Refugees and our conscience

Born to an Afghan family living in our neighbourhood, Wali was a five-year-old child who used to be my son’s playmate. The only thing I remember about him is the…

The Media’s Crisis Of Conscience

The media’s crisis of conscience

In some ways, the Axact scandal has intimations of a classical tragedy. A powerful individual has fallen because of his own monumental failings in circumstances with which he cannot deal.…

Building Social Capital

Building social capital

The Framework for Economic Growth (FEG) that was approved by the National Economic Council in 2011-12 was never seriously pursued by the bureaucracy and has since fallen into disuse (never…

No Science Culture

No science culture

Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate, Prof Abdus Salam, constantly lamented our failure to promote science. His contributions to theoretical physics apart, he was a powerful advocate of science and research. For…

Crafting Economic And Social Transformation

Crafting economic and social transformation

The manifestoes of the political parties - all political parties have listed most of the transformations that they will bring about if they came to power. Most of the political…

Who Should Provide Social Services?

Who should provide social services?

IT is remarkable that the governments of Pakistan and India have not been able to ensure essential social services for their citizens public health and education are in shambles. As…

Political and social matters

At the moment our country is witnessing a bloodbath, and when the rulers are questioned as to why this is happening and why they don’t do anything to stop it,…