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The Only Way Forward

The only way forward

I don’t know where and how he articulated it exactly, but Milan Kundera has described the singularly human capacity to overcome grief as the art of forgetting and living. It…

Teaching Islamiat

Teaching Islamiat

In the British era, schools of the Indian subcontinent did not have the formal subject of Islamiat for their Muslim students. The senior members of a family were supposed to…

Modi’s Mythologies

Modi’s mythologies

Suffering from jaundice several decades ago, sick to death of the constant imbibing of sugarcane juice and bored out of my skull, my eyes fell on an interesting volume on…

Viewpoint: The Heaviest Coffins To Carry

Viewpoint: The heaviest coffins to carry

This time the Taliban hit where it hurts the most. They have claimed credit for the massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar's Army Public School along with nine teachers. Another…

Prioritising Quality In Education

Prioritising quality in education

"Many South Asian teachers barely know more than their students. For example, surveys from India and Pakistan show that teachers perform poorly in math and language tests based on the…

At The Crossroads Of History

At the crossroads of history

Pakistan today is at a crossroads of history. Will this corrupt pseudo democracy survive in which the corrupt get elected into parliament and then billions are plundered? Or will we…

A Welcome Judgement

A welcome judgement

Shortly before his seven-month term as the chief justice of Pakistan came to an end, Justice Tassadduq Hussain Jillani authored a landmark judgement concerning the rights of religious minorities. The…

Modi And Corporate Hindutva

Modi and corporate Hindutva

As the momentum of India’s nine-phase national election shifts in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s opponents, a new bunch of writers and social scientists have risen to defend its…

Opening Minds

Opening minds

WAS it a conscious politico-bureaucratic nuance or simplistic understanding? KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak recently said something about education that repudiates research of the last half a century in the…

Confronting Violent Extremists

Confronting violent extremists

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the long-awaited national security policy yesterday, focusing on the operational aspects of governmental response to the threat of violent extremism. Much of what…