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Higher Education

Higher education

To really find out how a country is going to do in the 21st century, one need not count its oil reserves or natural resources but its highly effective teachers,…

The Challenge Of Change

The challenge of change

Late Abul Kalam Azad, the Indian education minister, was a genius and an encyclopaedia of knowledge of both eastern and western civilisations and cultures, political figures, history, literature, etc. His…

Hopes And Promises

Hopes and promises

Elections have taken place and - except for a few incidents of violence - they have been mainly peaceful. People were very keen and determined to vote. The last time…

A Generational Conflict

A generational conflict

Violence – escalating and uncontrollable – has always posed the greatest threat to political transition in Pakistan. This has become increasingly evident following the election-inspired killings in Peshawar, Quetta and…

Discussion On Elections At The Frontline Club

Discussion on elections at the Frontline Club

After Benazir Bhutto’s assassination over five years ago (how time flies!), the only political figure in Pakistan foreigners have heard of is Imran Khan. His fame is largely attributable to…

US Reminded Of Troublesome Prison At Guantanamo

US reminded of troublesome prison at Guantanamo

Reports about prisoners resisting guards with broomsticks, the use of rubber bullets to reinstate order and an on-going hunger strike have reminded Americans about a place that has been out…

A Transformational Leader, Unfortunately

A transformational leader, unfortunately

Looking back, it now seems strange that during her first couple of years as prime minister, Margaret Thatcher was widely viewed as something of an aberration. In 1981, with unemployment…

The Postists

The postists

In the wake of the events of 1989, we were invited to – in Eduardo Galeano’s words – “the world burial of socialism”. The fact that in Nepal, in 1994,…

HEC: Points And Counterpoints

HEC: points and counterpoints

The provinces are responsible for higher education after the 18th Amendment: Not true. The 18th Amendment strengthens the role of the HEC as a federal entity by including standards of…