Prime Minister Khan
Win but hand the keys of PM House to someone else? No thank you, Nawaz had all but announced. And that was before what has come in recent weeks.
By: Cyril Almeida AND then there were two: Imran and the Sanjrani-type option. Shahbaz has fizzled, Zardari is embattled and Nawaz — well, what would you do if you were Nawaz? Return Nawaz has promised to do, but his words aren’t very convincing. Because return to what? It was already apparent that he wasn’t interested […]
Political dilemmas compounded by more political dilemmas!
By: Shahjhan Mustafa/ Muzamil Manzoor ‘People that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices’ George Orwell. Taking a cue from the above cited Orwellian quote, a question arises – are the people in Kashmir really the victims of political uncertainty? More to the point, the people in Kashmir have accepted […]
An Open Letter to Hon’ble Chancellor of Varsities
By: SHAH KHALID A year ago ,The Hon’ble Human Resource Development Ministry had agreed to the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s proposal for lateral entry admissions in Engineering Programmes under the Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme-PMSSS- for those students who will get admission in Engineering Colleges and Universities outside the state. Also the Hon’ble HRD Ministry […]
The paradox of job growth
Besides the missing informal sector, over-estimation of output growth also offers clues
By: R. Nagaraj Are the latest employment estimates by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) factually correct? No. They are off the mark, and confined to the economy’s organised or formal sector, accounting at best for 15% of the workforce. Is there a paradox in high output growth rates and the marginal effect on employment? Probably […]
Will Zardari pull it off in Sindh?
The PPP will have to pull its socks up as it faces unprecedented difficulties. The charisma of the Bhuttos seems to have started fading away in Sindh. The generation of voters that has not seen Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, or his daughter Benazir Bhutto, is beginning to ask questions.
By: Mohammad Hussain Khan By all accounts, former president Asif Ali Zardari is one of the shrewdest politicians of the country. That is why he has been working on a strategy to win Sindh for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for some time now. But all the wisdom and tact in the world does not […]
Returning to Hapur
Hatred against minorities is rising across the world. But India offers an exceptional impunity for bigotry.
By: Harsh Mander This is what India has become: One more pitiless lynching. This time of two older men, a petty goat trader and a marginal farmer in a village in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, a two-hour drive from the national capital. The same frenzied gratuitous cruelty of the mob, the passivity of the bystander, the […]
An Afghan Ceasefire That Didn’t Last Long
By: Qazi Naveed Ajaz The historic ceasefire in Afghanistan was a respite for men with arms from both sides. It allowed them to visit their homes and family. Since this brief interlude of peace, people hoped for a longer ceasefire, so that both parties involved could think of peace and reconciliation in the longer term. […]
By: Jim Hightower The wailing in our country about the ‘invasion of immigrants’ has been long and loud. As one complainant put it, “Few of their children in the country learn English…The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages…Unless the stream of the importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us […]
Why BJP Sings Kabir
It’s part of the party’s strategy to attract Dalits and marginalised communities.
By: Badri Narayan The BJP has been appropriating religious symbols related to popular sects like the Nathpanth, Ravidasis and Kabirpanth. It is part of the party’s strategy to attract Dalits, the marginalised and backward communities. These sects have a following among the Dalits, MBCs and OBCs. The party is also trying to co-relate Hindu symbols […]
Swept Away by a day’s Rainfall!
By: Nazim Humayoon Almost four years have passed since valley witnessed a massive disaster which was one of a kind in centuries. No one needs an explanation of the deluge and the losses and tragedies it caused. Property worth millions damaged and destroyed, lives lost due to the disaster in 2014 which was also referred […]