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The Past Is The Future?

The past is the future?

So, how is the 2013 election really to be decided? Are the patterns of the past to be followed based on old loyalties, feudal influence and the hold of the…

What Is On Offer On The Economic Front?

What is on offer on the economic front?

The manifestoes of the two major parties namely the PML (N) and the PPP have been released amidst much fanfare. One question uppermost in the minds of analysts is: given…

Church Pulls A Surprise With Choice Of Humble Pope

Church pulls a surprise with choice of humble pope

Catholic papal elections are notoriously difficult to predict. The process that saw Jorge Mario Bergoglio emerge as Pope Francis, the first-ever pontiff from the Americas, was no exception. The Vatican…

High Time

High time

As the general elections draw near and names of former parliamentarians surface in the list of loan-defaulters, tax-evaders, shirkers of utility bills, and embezzlers of the national kitty, public enthusiasm…

Politics For Profit

Politics for profit

A Frenzy of activity marked the final moments of the Sindh government’s tenure with signs of frayed nerves visible in the Chief Minister’s House and elsewhere. What did it indicate?…

Reality And Rhetoric

Reality and rhetoric

“A Sophisticated rhetorician inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity.” Disraeli’s famous description of his opponent Gladstone, on July 27, 1878, has been justly applied to leaders who imagine…

UPA On Shaky Ground

UPA on shaky ground

When Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, the second largest component of India’s ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), walked out of the alliance last September, nobody thought that would immediately destabilise the…

Education & Manifestos

Education & manifestos

It is heartening to note that the election manifestos of three of the main political parties — the PPP, the PML-N and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf — not only mention education…