OPINION

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The paradox of job growth

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 […]

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Will Zardari pull it off in Sindh?

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 […]

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Returning to Hapur

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 […]

 Agencies

Japan captain retiring after World Cup dreams dashed

Japan captain retiring after World Cup dreams dashed

Tokyo, Jul 4: Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has announced his retirement from the national team, on the heels of the squad’s heartbreaking ejection from the World Cup in a match against Belgium. “I have decided to end the chapter of my career with the national team with this tournament,” Hasebe wrote on his Instagram account. […]

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An Afghan Ceasefire That Didn’t Last Long

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. […]

 Jawed Naqvi

Beware the croupiers in 2019

Beware the croupiers in 2019

There’s nothing the Modi government can do to win in 2019 if the opposition doesn’t want him to.

INDIA’S opposition parties must quickly deal with two problems ahead of the next election. One stems from an irrational fear of Prime Minister Modi, of what tricks he might have up his sleeve and so forth to outsmart the opposition in 2019. This problem is rooted in low self-belief and a battered self-esteem, which by […]

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The wall

The wall

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 […]

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Why BJP Sings Kabir

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 […]

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Swept Away by a day’s Rainfall!

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 […]

 Akeel Rashid

Rescue management disguised as flood management

Rescue management disguised as flood management

As Kashmir received an incessant spell of rainfall in June weekend, the flood scare loomed large over the region for the second time since September-2014 disastrous flood that had thrown life out of gear for more than one month in the valley. The last time when the flood scare loomed in Kashmir was in April […]