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Let’s not slip again

Let’s not slip again

Why government must not ask public sector outfits to bear burden of high oil price regime

  By: Vikram S Mehta The price of oil has crossed $70/barrel and the trend is upwards. In contemplating its policy response to a high oil price scenario, the government should draw upon the lessons of the past. Last year, I started an article on these pages with the sentence “the oil market has never […]

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Great aspirations: Inter-Korea relations going forward

Great aspirations: Inter-Korea relations going forward

The future of the Korean Peninsula remains opaquer than the ebullience displayed at last month's inter-Korea summit.

By: J Berkshire Miller Last month, reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continued his diplomatic charm offensive when he stepped over the demilitarised zone border – which has divided the two Koreas since the 1953 armistice – and held summit discussions with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The meeting, which was the third occasion for […]

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Iqbal- The philosopher, poet! 

Iqbal- The philosopher, poet! 

BY: Dr.Tasaduk Hussain Itoo Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), philosopher, poet and political leader, was born in Sialkot, a small town in the Punjab, which is now a province of Pakistan. In 1927 he was elected to the Punjab provincial legislature, and in 1930 he became president of the Muslim League. In addition to his political […]

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Harming the nation

The deliberate refusal to implement the decisions of the collegium is hurting the judiciary.

By: ARVIND P. DATAR The first blow to the independence of the judiciary came in 1973 with the supersession of the three senior-most judges of the Supreme Court because they had ruled against the government. Two years later, the setting aside of Indira Gandhi’s election by the Allahabad High Court eventually led to the Emergency […]

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How India’s institutions are failing Muslims

How India’s institutions are failing Muslims

Today being Muslim in India is harder than ever before.

BY: Apoorvanand Muslims of India have been feeling more vulnerable and insecure in the first four months of 2018 than ever before. Recent cases of failed justice for crimes committed against them have disheartened the Muslim community. Even to outside observers, it is increasingly clear that Muslims are being ostracised and singled out and that […]

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The rocky road to 2019

The rocky road to 2019

Concrete steps are needed to defuse crises that could disrupt India’s political and social equilibrium

BY: M.K. Narayanan As 2019 and the general election beckon, the situation within the country appears far from reassuring. Several events over the past few months seem to presage that there is worse to follow. Protests and agitations have a life of their own and underestimating their potential could be cause for grief. Hence, it […]

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Sindh, academic freedom and comedy

Sindh, academic freedom and comedy

BY: Dr Naazir Mahmood A recent visit to Sindh coincided with three important developments which attracted a lot of attention on mainstream and social media. Since they have educational and linguistic dimensions, some analysis and comments are in order. The first was the protest of the academic community on Sindh government’s decision to take away […]

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Plumbing the depths

Plumbing the depths

Scatological spying has a long history.

BY: Zarrar Khuhro IT’S a history-making handshake for sure: North Korean leader King Jong-un and his South Korean counterpart clasped hands across the military demarcation line that separates the two countries before they ventured behind closed doors to begin their talks. Symbolism was rife is this carefully coordinated and rehearsed encounter, with even the table […]

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Traumatizing  SSA Teachers

Traumatizing  SSA Teachers

By: Bilal Ahsan Dar In most societies at most times throughout history, teachers have been among the most respected members of their communities. Sadly, this isn’t the case anymore, atleast not in this part of the world. Teachers in J&K working under SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) are on the roads again, not for a different […]

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Expecting ‘education’ to be apolitical is a flawed idea  

Expecting ‘education’ to be apolitical is a flawed idea  

By: MIR SEENEEN While majority of the people especially the ones constituting the Intellectual Class, have resorted to censorious criticism of students for flooding the streets in demand of justice by terming it as absolute “Hooliganism” and “Rowdyism”- to me, it signifies a great sense of responsibility and reasonableness, as the youth have realized their […]