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Suffering in Sudan

THE conflict that erupted between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Response Forces is entering its fourth week. The bitter battle between the two sides has led to 48…

The Modi phenomenon

It was Nato’s provocative endeavour of extending itself to Russia’s doorstep that thrust Ukraine into a devastating war. Now India – along with Australia, Japan and the US – has…

Through creative destruction: Part – III

This is in continuation of the three articles in which I had discussed Pakistan’s critical need for debt restructuring and transformational reforms (described as ‘creative destruction’) to reconstruct the country’s…

The hybrid is a continuum

Hybrid regimes are defined by political scientists as ‘semi-democracies’ existing somewhere in the middle between complete democracies and dictatorships. To simplify, these are regimes that have some democratic openings with…

The Bangladesh comparison

Bangladesh celebrated its 52nd independence this month. Despite it being many years younger than Pakistan, on all development indicators it is doing better than Pakistan. How? Bangladesh does not have…

The farce of caretaker govts

The preamble to the constitution and the Objectives Resolution (1949) clearly mandate that state shall exercise its powers and authority through the chosen representatives of the people. The duty to…

The reforms industry

In Pakistan since the coalition government has got some space, there is a whole reforms’ industry that has crept up. Some of this sentiment is quite genuine as Pakistan has…

Double standard?

On January 24, Twitter took down links to a two-part BBC documentary titled ‘India: the Modi Question’, at the behest of the Indian government. The documentary presented the role Narendra…

State of democracy

A major global pronouncement on the annual global state of democracy is out. The verdict: democracy is in doldrums globally and 2022 was a disappointing year for democracy. There is…

American allure

In 2022 the population of China declined for the first time in decades. It is now estimated that India may have surpassed China, becoming the most populous country in the…