The decline of Karachi

Clustered diversity

Karachi confuses people – sometimes even those who live in it.

The capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province, it is the country’s largest city – a colossal, ever-expanding metropolis with a population of about 20 million (and growing).

It is also the country’s most ethnically diverse city. But over the last three decades . . . → Read More: The decline of Karachi

How to actually bring a revolution

The fundamental differences between revolutions and protests

Whether PTI and PAT were or would be able to accomplish their mission of revolution shall continue to be debated for a longtime. An analysis of the rhetoric employed by the leaders of these two outfits, however, continues to baffle even their staunch past supporters. Starting from the . . . → Read More: How to actually bring a revolution

India tops highest suicide rate in Southeast Asia

India recorded the highest number of suicides in Southeast Asia in 2012, says a report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva on Thursday. The number of victims was 2,58,075 — 1,58,098 men and 99,977 women — that year. Globally, the number was 8,04,000.

The report says a suicide takes place . . . → Read More: India tops highest suicide rate in Southeast Asia

Indian prisoners of war in World War II were eaten up by Japanese

Second World War as a clash between the patriots of the Indian National Army (INA), supported by the Japanese Empire, and the evil British Empire. The soldiers of the Indian Army who fought for the British are immediately dismissed as stooges of the Raj. But the refusal of many who were taken prisoner to renege on . . . → Read More: Indian prisoners of war in World War II were eaten up by Japanese

Is “democracy” really in danger?

(By Talat Masood) The country is once again in the grip of grave political crises which, if remain unresolved, could have serious consequences for its integrity and stability. Clearly, Imran Khan is playing high stakes poker, giving the message of ‘now or never’. His allegation that the entire election of 2013 was a fraud . . . → Read More: Is “democracy” really in danger?

Azadi comes at a cost!

There is a famous saying that everything comes with a price; the recent political crisis has already cost Pakistan more than could be bargained for.  Expanded over almost 10 days, the deadlock between two major political forces PTI and PML (N) still continues without any foreseeable resolution.  Where PTI is adamant on their demands, PML (N) . . . → Read More: Azadi comes at a cost!

Learning from Modi

(By Talat Masood) Narendra Modi’s Independence Day extempore, but well thought out speech did not receive the attention it deserved in Pakistan. We are so deeply mired in our own problems that we have no time to observe important developments in the neighbourhood. The speech was inspiring and meant to motivate the 1.3 billion . . . → Read More: Learning from Modi

How India is not aging that nicely

Soon after India got freedom, we made a new beginning. We chose democracy as the way forward. New  institutions were created and nurtured — Parliament, the Election Commission, the Supreme Court, the Planning Commission and others. The country has indeed made phenomenal progress. It has become a major military, industrial and economic power, . . . → Read More: How India is not aging that nicely

The damage has been done, Sharifs have been exposed

(By Farhan Bokhari) Even if the Khan-Qadri duo are eventually pushed back, Nawaz Sharif’s image has suffered irreparable damage, the result of him having picked unnecessary fights with both the influential army and his political opponents In sharp contrast to the triumphant arrival of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad just over a year ago to . . . → Read More: The damage has been done, Sharifs have been exposed

Imran’s politics of disobedience

By Sarah Eleazar

Imprisoned for refusing to pay poll tax for the Mexican-American War, Henry David Thoreau, in his essay Resistance to Civil Government says: All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to and to resist the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.

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