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Not A Family Business

Not a family business

The May parliamentary elections were deeply flawed in many ways but they were the most free and fair that the country has had so far, with the possible exception of…

Polls And Prisons

Polls and prisons

The presidential election was another lost opportunity for Pakistani democracy. The way both the ruling and the opposition parties approached this election shows no forward progress in political thinking or…

Women And Property

Women and property

It was a story of one woman and two men, each one alleging that she was married to him. There were two accounts and two marriage contracts. The first man,…

The Population Debate

The population debate

The controversy generated by a contraceptive advertisement run by various TV channels – and the subsequent decision to take it off-air – highlights how divided our society is on the…

Hubris As Justice?

Hubris as justice?

The Election Commission of Pakistan should not have abdicated responsibility. It should have definitively fixed a date for the presidential election, passed a reasoned order in response to the PML-N’s…

No Talks, Only Noise

No talks, only noise

They kept wondering why the militants were not targeting the PML-N government in Punjab. If that was to happen, the targeted had to be the people, post-incident identified as innocent…

RSS & Indian Democracy

RSS & Indian democracy

THE Bharatiya Jan Sangh is `the illegitimate child of the RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh],` Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said on Jan 5, 1952. The Jan Sangh was set up on…

Rivalry In Afghanistan

Rivalry in Afghanistan

We are less than 18 months away from the December 2014 transition deadline in Afghanistan. Political and security-related issues that need forward movement during this period are in focus —…

Libya And The Egyptian Coup

Libya and the Egyptian coup

The overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, the first Egyptian president from the long-persecuted Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) will have a lasting impact on the politics of the region. Given its historical, social…