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India: Mideast And Beyond

India: Mideast and beyond

With general elections around the corner, neither of the prime ministerial candidates has articulated their stand on crucial foreign policy issues, except for the occasional mention of Pakistan, China and…

A Record-breaking Waste Of Time

A record-breaking waste of time

The first signs of what was to come had been visible at the last Punjab Youth Festival, held nearly a year ago, as huge amounts of energy and effort were…

Broad Brushstrokes

Broad brushstrokes

Though the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) was announced in the National Assembly on Feb 26 before being shared with parliamentarians and analysts, the broader contours of the policy can…

Secularism As A Joke

Secularism as a joke

NDTV’s Barkha Dutt wrote a fine piece for Hindustan Times last week. Bemoaning the continuing degeneration of Indian politics coupled with the rise of the Right, she voiced eminent jurist…

Short-term Thinking

Short-term thinking

Pakistanis have notoriously short-term memories and, dare I say, rather fickle politics too. It has barely been nine months since the PML-N government took office, and the appraisals proffered by…

Bold Competence: An Asset Not A Liability

Bold competence: an asset not a liability

Building economic institutions and relying on institutional, rather than individual, decisions is the essential first step towards improving economic governance in the country. At the same time, there is always…

At The Alhamra

At the Alhamra

I went to the Lahore Literary Festival at the Alhamra last week and it was fun. I can’t say I imbibed any great thoughts or came away with any startling…

Right To Education

Right to education

There have been several initiatives on education in recent years in the wake of the publicity generated by the education emergency task force. These have ranged from enrolment campaigns to…

The Puzzle Of Democracy

The puzzle of democracy

Why is democracy a superior form of government? On the face of it, this may be a simple question given the established supremacy of democracy as the best system of…