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Social Contract

Social contract

There are many theories about the origin of the state and its role in the life of its citizens. One view is that the state is inherently an oppressive institution,…

Effective use of mobile in social media

Why is social media so important? More people are using social media through their mobile phones, computers, and tablets than talking, calling, emailing and texting. Do you find this surprising?…

Who Should Provide Social Services?

Who should provide social services?

IT is remarkable that the governments of Pakistan and India have not been able to ensure essential social services for their citizens public health and education are in shambles. As…

Country Needs New Constitution – II

Country needs new constitution – II

Outlines of the proposed new Constitution/state structure and policy for Pakistan - a new social contract: There shall be a five-member ruling council called the Presidium or Supreme federal council…

A case for strategic privatization

Whenever the economy is in hot waters, selling state-owned enterprises (SOEs) is seen as a key ingredient of the recipe for economic recovery. The IMF, the lender of last resort,…

A wave of strikes

Throughout the world, nurses and other health care workers are engaging in a growing wave of strikes and protests against understaffing, exhausting workloads and the erosion of their living standards…

‘Maraka’ truths

SUICIDES by young men and women have been periodically reported from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Authentic figures are not available in the absence of scientific surveys and forensic facilities, which allows ‘honour’…

Compensating workers

Almost all factory workers expose themselves to the hazards of machinery and other equipment required for the smooth operation of several manufacturing units. With the Industrial Revolution in Britain in…

Self-sufficiency is the answer

The world seems to have been caught between what appears to be a sense of muted hope and a feeling of deepening despair, thanks to Covid-19. Pakistan is no exception.…

Lost in jargon

In our era of neo-liberalism, the development sector has been reduced to a factory that churns out jargon which can only be understood by ‘highly qualified technical experts’. There is…