By: Mushtaq Hurra China is not only the world’s largest nation in terms of population but is growing as the supreme economic hub with technocrats of international repute who have earned a good name in the technological circles across the globe, making China their second home. The country has become a prominent political actor in […]
The decision to commemorate the ‘surgical strike’ of 2016 goes against the grain of Indian tradition
By: Pulapre Balakrishnan Observing the politics of his day many years ago a wit in Britain is said to have remarked “Patriotism is the last resort of the scoundrel!” The wag in India would be forgiven if in a reference to political practice here he were to replace ‘patriotism’ in the bon mot with either […]
The next nine months will not be pretty for the PTI fiscally. Which could trigger Imran to do something reckless to recover political space.
By: Cyril Almeida FIVE weeks into a five-year term, but this past week could prove to be the most consequential of them all. Three big things and all spelling some kind of danger for the PTI. It’s not been a good week for Imran. First, Asad Umar gave us his first budget and it turned […]
The story of the Bhim Army of western U.P. is a lens to understand the Dalit challenge to the Hindu Right
By: G. Sampath In a move that took many by surprise, the Uttar Pradesh government recently released Chandrasekhar Azad, the founder of the Bhim Army Bharat Ekta Mission, from jail. It was unexpected for many reasons. For starters, he had been arrested last year following clashes between Dalits and Thakurs in Saharanpur in western U.P. […]
External events are impacting the Indian economy. The government is unwilling to alter or calibrate its positions on the projected growth rate, government expenditure, NPA resolution, and tax enforcement. The government seems to believe that it can tide over the crisis by further muddying the muddied waters!
The government has tacitly acknowledged that the economy faces a crisis. The ‘crisis managers’ met with the Prime Minister on September 14, 2018. The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was summoned to attend the late evening meeting. Two things were wrong about his attendance: the publicity surrounding the event and the post-meeting […]
Efforts to utilise religious diplomatic channels between Pakistan and Afghanistan are not new.
By: Muhammad Amir Rana A DELEGATION of Afghanistan’s Islamic scholars is expected to arrive in Islamabad in the coming weeks to support ongoing confidence-building measures between the two countries. The delegation will visit some major religious institutions in Pakistan and review how educational development is helping to bridge the trust gap that exists between the […]
By: Showkat ali On many fronts, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are working to deepen and formalize ties that have historically been determined by the quality of relationships between kings and prime ministers The bilateral relations between the Islamic republic of Pakistan and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia are historically close and extremely friendly, frequently described […]
Imam Husain’s valorous stand evokes reactions of awe.
By: Qasim A. Moini DESPITE Islam’s lofty ideals, in many Muslim societies, including Pakistan, we often fail to see these beliefs put into practice. Perhaps that is why, by divine design, certain religious acts and commemorations are ordained to remind us to practise what we preach. For example, the five daily prayers are supposed to […]
In the September 23 presidential elections, Maldivians will be choosing between two bad options.
By: Azim Zahir It has been 10 years since the Maldivians shook off a three-decade-long dictatorship and chose to walk down the path of democracy. In October 2008, long-term Maldivian leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom left power peacefully, after a popular opposition movement challenged his power and forced him to hold the Maldives’ first multiparty presidential […]
The Judeo-Islamic tradition has deep historical roots that Zionism and Islamism have tried to erase.
By: Hamid Dabashi On the Gregorian calendar (so named after Pope Gregory XIII) this September, two of the holiest Jewish and Islamic high holidays coincide. On September 10, Jews around the world began their high holidays by commemorating Rosh Hashana which continues for 10 days until September 19, Yom Kippur. It is on that day […]