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The view from the left

The view from the left

By: Imtiaz Alam Almost all leftist parties and a broad spectrum of progressive intelligentsia in Pakistan have unanimously expressed serious concerns about what many call ‘systemic election engineering’. In a recent joint resolution passed in Lahore, they have called upon a timid but powerful ECP to ensure free and fair elections. Pakistan is again witnessing […]

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A note from Mandela

A note from Mandela

On his birth centenary, remembering a question asked, an answer to remember.

By: K Natwar Singh “During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It […]

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Has Imran Khan’s moment arrived?

Has Imran Khan’s moment arrived?

The real battleground is Punjab: it could make or break Imran Khan’s dream.

By: Zahid Hussain IMRAN Khan thought he was there in 2013, but it was not to be. He claimed the elections were stolen. He won’t accept defeat and was willing to go to any extent to force mid-term polls. He failed. He was a man in a hurry, yet the ‘umpire’ would not come to […]

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Is Congress pro-Muslim? It’s the wrong question

Is Congress pro-Muslim? It’s the wrong question

Congress does not have to be pro-Muslim to regain lost ground. Its policies towards the community need to be guided by the democratic principle of inclusiveness laid down in the Constitution.

By: Zakia Soman   We are witnessing manoeuvres by different political parties in the run-up to the 2019 general election. Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s recent meeting with eminent Muslims is one such measure. The Congress needs to rethink its politics not for the sake of Muslims but to salvage its own image as a party […]

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The 2018 elections as a 5GW battlefield

The 2018 elections as a 5GW battlefield

By: Mosharraf Zaidi To understand the depth of the wounds from the Peshawar assassination of Shaheed Haroon Bilour, the Bannu attack on Akram Durrani and the horrific massacre in Mastung targeting Shaheed Sajid Raisani, we have to try to understand the kind of war the Pakistan Army believes it is fighting. These attacks are seen […]

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Modi Will Regret Inviting Trump to India for Republic Day

Modi Will Regret Inviting Trump to India for Republic Day

BY: BHARAT KARNAD Returned from a summer holiday to read that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contemplating inviting US President Donald J Trump as the chief guest for the 2019 Republic Day celebrations in the expectation that this will brighten his own and the ruling BJP’s prospects in the general elections to be held no […]

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Justice more accessible

Justice more accessible

Sharia courts are an alternative dispute redressal mechanism that responds to the decline of the civil justice system, and addresses the needs of the poor.

BY: Faizan Mustafa , Mahendra Shukla The All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) proposal to establish sharia courts all over the country could provide fodder to the Hindu right. But we need to ask: When were these courts originally established? Are they really parallel courts? Who goes to them and why? Do they amount […]

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Layak Nahin Naalayak Hoon main

Layak Nahin Naalayak Hoon main

By: Sankarshan Thakur This too. That too. Ivy too. Poison too. League too. Beleaguered too. Neck too. Tie too. Garland too. Noose too. Murder too. Mubarak too. Eulogy too. Apology too. Layak too. Naalayak too. Poot too. Kapoot too. Baap naalayak. Beta layak. Baap layak. Beta naalayak. All in the family. SangParivar – hum saath […]

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Five Palestinians cheering for France at the 1998 World Cup

Five Palestinians cheering for France at the 1998 World Cup

How I and four young Palestinians made it to the 1998 World Cup in France.

By: Marwan Bishara Twenty years ago, I was asked by the General Council of the Parisian suburb Seine-Saint-Denis to invite four Palestinian youth to attend the World Cup in France and to organise their visit. At the time, football was the last thing on my mind. I was finishing my doctorate in France, doing my […]

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The uniform code

The uniform code

Under-representation of Muslims in police and army hurts the constitutional project of multi-cultural India

By: Christophe Jaffrelot , Shweta Bhutada The recent ‘Status of Policing in India Report, 2018’ published by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and the NGO Common Cause — which has been hardly discussed in the media, unfortunately — offers a comprehensive survey of the performance and perceptions of the Indian police. We […]

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