Malevolence of India’s Modiloquence

BY ADITYA CHAKRABORTY The world’s biggest election is underway: one in which more than half a billion Indians are set to turn out to vote over six weeks. Polls suggest that the Congress party will take an unprecedented pummelling – which makes Narendra Modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party, frontrunner to be […]

Pak’s Own POTA …Or AFSPA?

Reservations about the law do not mean that all of it should be thrown out of the window. These are parts of the law which may be useful. For instance, offences relating to terrorism may be tried in secret locations, judges may be given special protection, etc. Indeed, under these unusual circumstances, judges should have […]

Expected to Bare It

BY SARA SHAH If you are a female “PhD” — poor, hungry and determined — chances are that your drive to succeed professionally will strip you down to a bare minimum in terms of qualification. All foreign degrees, years of professional experience and recommendation letters take a backseat if the job interview is focused on how to take off… […]

Thus Spoke Iqbal

BY ZAIN-UL-ABEDIN One of the most telling signs of our intellectual backwardness is our obsession with ‘great men’ of history. ‘Great men’ not as they really were, became and were becoming but as ossified stereotypes used both for the legitimacy of the status quo and for ‘personally’ liberating feats of empty iconoclasm. Jinnah said this […]

Culture of Institutionalized Impunity

In Lands Nurturing Future Edward Saids BY NEIL BERRY AS AFGHAN people elect a new president, the British military deployment in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, is winding down fast. Most of the remaining 5,200 UK military personnel are expected to have exited the country by the end of this year. Prime Minister David Cameron […]

Civilized World Confronts (Ex)-Infidel Empire

Faceoff In Europe After Map-Making In Asia BY PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS 2014 is shaping up as a year of reckoning for the United States. Two pressures are building on the US dollar. One pressure comes from the Federal Reserve’s declining ability to rig the price of gold as Western gold supplies shrivel and market knowledge […]

Civilized World Confronts (Ex)-Infidel Empire

Faceoff In Europe After Map-Making In Asia BY PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS 2014 is shaping up as a year of reckoning for the United States. Two pressures are building on the US dollar. One pressure comes from the Federal Reserve’s declining ability to rig the price of gold as Western gold supplies shrivel and market knowledge […]

Modifesto’s MAD Doctrine

BY VIPIN NARANG The BJP’s election manifesto pledged to “revise and update” India’s nuclear doctrine. Initial reports suggested that rather than just a routine update, a future BJP government might revisit and abandon India’s pledge not to be the first party to use nuclear weapons in a crisis or conflict, otherwise known as a No […]

What A Fall There (Is) My Countrymen

BY AIJAZ ZAKA SYED Journalism is just a gun, suggested Warren Ellis, it’s only got one bullet in it but if you aim right, that’s all you need to blow a kneecap off the world. But how often is this gun held and aimed right? Blaming media for their woes comes rather readily to Arabs […]

Expected to Bare It

BY SARA SHAH If you are a female “PhD” — poor, hungry and determined — chances are that your drive to succeed professionally will strip you down to a bare minimum in terms of qualification. All foreign degrees, years of professional experience and recommendation letters take a backseat if the job interview is focused on how to take off… […]