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Our Selective Humanity

Our selective humanity

Recently, I attended a seminar on the law governing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — ‘drones’ — at an eminent university in the United Kingdom. I expected the discussion…

Bilawal On Stage

Bilawal on stage

The most common complaint about Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, after his political inexperience and immaturity, is his comically foreign accent when speaking in Urdu. As was said – wrongly – about…

Article 245 And The Long March

Article 245 and the long march

How long the march will be is what will decide how August 14 ends up for Pakistan. Million, half-a- million or less. Spread longitudinally on the narrow roads of Islamabad’s…

Aid And Stereotypes

Aid and stereotypes

In one of the short aid-appeal videos produced by the Norwegian Students and Academics International Assistance Fund, the tables are turned. Instead of featuring wealthy Norwegians giving aid to starving…

Tribes And Terrorism

Tribes and terrorism

Rustam Shah Mohmand, a member of the team appointed by the government to negotiate with Taliban, ignited a debate this week through an article contributed to a national English daily,…

How The World Sees Us And Why

How the world sees us and why

The other day I was looking for a good visual to go with an article about media perceptions and stereotyping of Muslims. Finally, failing to find what I was looking…

Beyond The Law

Beyond the law

Once upon a time, the law of the land was decreed by rulers who owed their positions of power not to popular will but to inherited rank. So it was…

Modi, Muzaffarnagar And A Nehruvian Hero

Modi, Muzaffarnagar and a Nehruvian hero

Lord Meghnad Desai is aghast at the way the Indian authorities and the Supreme Court have dealt with the alleged molestation case involving Justice AK Ganguly. Joining a television debate…