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A Muslim American political renaissance?

A Muslim American political renaissance?

A record number of progressive Muslim Americans are vying for governmental office across the US.

By: Khaled A Beydoun Shortly after winning her hotly contested primary for US Congress, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib immediately packed her bags and headed northwest, landing in Minnesota to work on another campaign. For this longtime community-organiser-turned-politician, celebrating her landmark victory took a backseat to doubling up on history, eying the goal of sending two Muslim […]

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Awaiting the ‘new’ Pakistan

Awaiting the ‘new’ Pakistan

By: Kamila Hyat The 2018 elections are over. Controversies over what precisely took place will linger on for some time. The Election Commission of Pakistan’s posting of crucial data in the form of an image on its website, making it necessary for researchers to first convert this into readable files in order to conduct any […]

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Refugees and resources

Refugees and resources

Is a wealth tax on the super rich the answer to the problem?

By: Prabhat Patnaik Three kinds of argument are usually advanced against allowing an influx of refugees into a country, each of which has been invoked by the ruling party with regard to the so-called ‘Bangladeshi influx’ into Assam. The first of these sees a security threat to the country arising from such an influx; and […]

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Can Pakistan emulate South Korea?

Can Pakistan emulate South Korea?

By: Sabur Sulehria The spectacular rise of South Korea from an underdeveloped country to an industrially-developed one is a benchmark that many in the field of development and politics look up to. Pakistan has also aspired to achieve a similar benchmark. In the 1990s, Nawaz Sharif had planned to make Pakistan an Asian tiger like […]

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My journey from Amritsar to Lahore

My journey from Amritsar to Lahore

What did this deeply traumatic incident teach me? Nations must avoid extremism, intolerance and bigotry

BY: Mahmud Ahmad Akhtar My father was a doctor in the Indian Army Medical Corps. I was born at Bangalore in 1932 where my father was posted at the Military hospital. After postings to Wellington at Nigri Hills, later Madras and Ajmer we lived there. At the outbreak of World War II my father was […]

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Breaking the Radcliffe barrier

Breaking the Radcliffe barrier

Overland transit trade with India could be the gamechanger for new Pakistan’s economy. In unfreezing trade ties, Punjab holds the key.

BY: C. Raja Mohan It is not often that China’s envoys to Delhi find time to visit Punjab. That is what Luo Zhaohui did last week. Besides wearing a turban, drinking lassi, chatting with farmers and paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Ambassador Luo went to the Indo-Pak border at Attari-Wagah. After watching the popular […]

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Nooks of the past

Nooks of the past

Close encounters of the Buddhist kind

By: A.R. Venkatachalapathy The last few decades, especially since the time of B.R. Ambedkar’s birth centenary, have seen active interest in recovering Dalit history. Scholars and activists have shown alacrity in seeking the origins of a modern Dalit identity. An outcome of this search has been the discovery of Iyothee Thass Pandithar (1845-1914), the radical […]

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Imran Khan’s blessings

Imran Khan’s blessings

By: Syed Talat Hussain There is much focus on the situational curses (challenges) facing prime-minister-in-waiting Imran Khan, but not enough on his blessings (opportunities). Indeed issues like a coalition government at the centre, widespread allegations of rigging in election results, a strong opposition in the National Assembly and a Senate out of numerical control are […]

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How worried should we be about Steve Bannon’s ‘Movement’?

How worried should we be about Steve Bannon’s ‘Movement’?

The widespread normalisation of the far-right is far more worrying than one man's efforts to keep himself relevant.

By: Maya Goodfellow When Donald Trump visited the UK, Steve Bannon wasn’t far behind. The president’s former chief strategist breezed effortlessly into TV and radio studios, trying to sanitise his old boss’ politics and keep himself relevant. On his foray across the Atlantic, he unveiled his new plans: a foundation called “The Movement”. Just how […]

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Reinventing Pakistan – again

Reinventing Pakistan – again

By: Ghazi Salahuddin More than 20 days after the July 25 polls were held, Imran Khan will take oath as prime minister. And that is bound to be a moment of high drama, considering the struggle that was waged for this priceless prize. But this has been a rather long wait. We still don’t have […]

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