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What’s going on in Pakistan?

If discrimination against Hindus and Christians can be understood as being rooted in the founding ideology of Pakistan, the case of Ahmedis is a bit different. Responding to long-standing demands, when Prime Minister ZA Bhutto introduced a law in 1974...

Unintended consequences of a bloody theatre

Moreover, as LeT operative and 26/11 co-conspirator Abu Jundal told the National Investigative Agency, Mumbai terror strikes grew beyond their planned scope. LeT neither expected nor wanted the attacks to continue for more than a day. As reported by th...

The chowk that won’t be named

Many Indian commentators pronounce that India and Pakistan are similar. When they see no difference between some Indians and Pakistanis, they mistakenly presume India and Pakistan to be the same. But as MJ Akbar says, “India and Pakistan are not...

A diet of grass

Brigadier Khan plays his part in furthering the narrative about a hegemonistic, Hindu India. He claims that on December 16, 1971, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi stood before the Indian Parliament and, amid a thunderous standing ovation, stated that India...

China’s corruption culture

Richard McGregor, in his book, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers provides the answer. “China may be deeply corrupt, but corrupt regimes can last a long time. The Chinese officials who do get arrested for graft generally...

The ghost of bin Laden

The book also furthers the other Pakistani narrative. By blaming the start of jihadism on American and Saudi support for mujahideens fighting the Soviet military in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s use of militants is portrayed as a benign tactic employed in ...

Our disaster management is a disaster

Here is why. To formulate the Twelfth Plan, Planning Commission constituted a Working Group on flood management. Even when the primary responsibility for flood control lies with the states, their representatives in the working group (principal secretar...

Beyond uranium sales

India currently has 19 existing nuclear power plants which supply 2.4 per cent of power (4,680 MW) produced in India. India plans to add nearly 30 new reactors over the next two decades, seven of which are being constructed. The...

2012 is not 1962

India’s rise as an economic power in the last two decades has given it a unique standing in the world. A member of the G20, its voice counts in international fora. Look no further than the recent Non-aligned meet in...

Can Pakistan seize the Malala moment?

Then there are the Islamic clerics. During Friday prayers at Islamabad’s Red Mosque — its seize in 2007 led to Musharraf’s downfall — the Imam belittled Malala for admiring President Obama. “All the media is showing is the bleeding head...
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