A half-millennium ago this year, Niccolo Machiavelli completed what is generally thought to be the first work of modern political science and what remains among the most influential of all political how-to guides.
The Prince was presented as political advice for the Medicis, who in 1512 regained control of Florence after an 18-year exile. (It . . . → Read More: 500 years later Machiavelli remains relevant
Last month a retired Hindu schoolteacher named Dinanath Batra, who had brought a lawsuit against me and Penguin Books, India, succeeded in getting my book, “The Hindus: An Alternative History,” withdrawn from publication in India. The book, the court agreed, was a violation of India’s blasphemy law, which makes it a crime to . . . → Read More: Offending India’s official narrative
By Samar Esapzai
After an indubitably glorious victory against India in the Asia Cup this past Sunday, ardent Pakistani fans, all across the world, have indeed found various ways to celebrate this euphoric occasion. While some celebrations are fun and safe, others are not.
I am referring to the infamous aerial firing or, in other words, . . . → Read More: Another case against aerial firing
So, we now have a women-only bus service. That makes sense. Given the piddling issues of mass unemployment, insecurity, a weak economy and the energy crisis, one can understand the government’s obsession with its favourite pastime – separation of the sexes.
. . . → Read More: Behold! Extra Virgin Airways to the rescue
Pakistan is an ideological state, a nation created in the name of religion and it is for this very reason that religion and politics are not separate from each other. Skillfully articulated by Iqbal, the spiritual father of the nation, “Judaa ho deen siasat se to reh jaati hay Changezi” (statecraft divorced from faith leads . . . → Read More: Hypocrisy, thy name is… us
A FRIEND showed me a class four Pakistani textbook from the 1960s. It was on famous personalities. In the first section there were four chapters, including one on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Others included Gautam Buddha, Hazrat Issa and Baba Guru Nanak. In the second part of the book were chapters on a number of political/temporal . . . → Read More: Pakistani students today
Dozens of migratory birds have been found dead at Tarbela lake, residents said on Monday. Wildlife Department officials suspect the birds might have eaten something poisonous.
The figures, however, are contested. While the Wildlife Department claims only six Siberian ducks have been found dead, residents say the figures ran in double digits . . . → Read More: Dozens of migratory birds found dead near Tarbela
Readers or those who have seen me on talk-shows on our television channels in the past few days and weeks will recall how I had been recommending ‘Radio Silence’ while the talks were going on with the TTP for peace in the country. This because it was important to give time for the talks to make . . . → Read More: Time to protect our minorities
By Moeed Yusuf
BILAWAL Bhutto’s political career has been launched in earnest courtesy of the Sindh cultural festival. Some seem impressed by his performance. He’s got what it takes to follow his grandfather and mother’s footsteps, they say.
. . . → Read More: Bilawal’s PPP will have to be better than Zardari’s