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Suppressed Reports

Suppressed reports

Governments set up inquiries to allay public disquiet; whether over a financial scandal, a case of ministerial corruption or a military disaster. But, with the proverbial shortness of public memory,…

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…

The Insolence Of Office

The insolence of office

One thing is certain: Hamlet’s soliloquy ‘To be or not be’ could not have been written by a committee. It would have taken hours of wrangling before any committee agreed…

The Decline Of Indian Muslims

The decline of Indian Muslims

Satyajit Ray’s masterpiece Shatranj Ke Khilari, or The Chess Players, is a sublime and moving lament for the passing of the Muslim aristocracy in India. As the British plot their…

The Shadow Over Pakistan

The shadow over Pakistan

The Soviet pullout from Afghanistan in 1989 was a triumph for our military establishment. The ISI and the Zia regime, while not solely responsible for that outcome, had helped bring…

A Judicial Murder And Desperate Politicians

A judicial murder and desperate politicians

One has often heard Indian Muslim intellectuals warn that there isn’t much of a real difference between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Their policies are essentially one…

India Growling

India growling

How the tables have turned! For years it was India that held out the hand of trade and economic opportunity to us, and it was Pakistan that growled back defiantly,…

FHFA Sues Major Banks, FIs

FHFA sues major banks, FIs

It was a jittery start of the month. On Friday, US Regulator, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), sued major banks and financial institutions over sub-prime bonds for misleading Fannie Mae…