The American Juggernaut

The US strategic design to neutralise the Russo-Chinese challenge to its undisputed global hegemony continues to emerge steadily. Its intent to tackle them piecemeal is becoming more evident as events unfold in Europe and Asia/South-Central…

How Sri Lanka fell

In this day and age, people are less or more resistant towards injustice. A recent example of the Sri Lankan chaos can be referred to in this case. There are many reasons due to which Sri Lanka is suffering today. In 2018, Sri Lanka was one…

Can passion make a nation rise?

Arif you must stop reading fiction, and learn philosophy”, said my mother taking away Harold Robbin’s novel ‘The Carpetbaggers’ from my desk while handing me ‘The Republic’, which is a Socratic dialogue written by Plato about the order and…

Past in Perspective

The Mona Lisa was originally intended to be a portrait but over the course of time, the meanings associated to it has shifted. She has become an icon of the Renassance and one of the most famous paintings across the world. She was in all…

Pak-Russian relations

Pakistan’s objective national interests are best served by retaining its recently improved relations with Russia while simultaneously improving its troubled ties with the US. Neither should occur at the expense of the other since a balance…

Furious

The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh left me furious: a wonderful woman journalist is gone; the Israel state’s response is predictable; and the US has failed to take a principled stand for truth and accountability.  Shireen, an American citizen…

The Age of Imran Khan

Imran Khan is almost 70 years old. But that’s not what this is about. My humble contention is that we, in Pakistan, live in the age of Imran Khan. I belong to a generation that was born in the 1980s. Growing up under the overarching shadow…

Past in Perspective

“The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth.” –Chief Seattle The Greenpeace International organisation, one of the world’s largest and best-known environmental groups, focuses on dramatic protests and marine environmental…

‘The VVIP but mysterious welcome’

Enduring the perpetual instability of our political structures and appearances, I often recall the opening scene of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece: “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Its hero has lost hope after many months of fighting a fatal…

Past in Perspective

“Sati was a custom religiously followed by a few, toed halfheartedly by rather more, sidestepped by many and ignored by most” –Tim Mackintosh-Smith The Bengal Sati Regulation Act was brought forth under the British administration in…

Teaching Arabic

Questions like how much Arabic is imperative for a person to become a perfect Muslim or how much it has to be taught to our school kids to mould them into ideal Muslims, despite being immensely crucial for the learners and planners, still…

Social media, demagogues and chaos

When Pankaj Mishra wrote his book “Age of anger”, he grasped the spirit of the modern age; anger—probably the only rampant emotion that has taken over the vast majority of mankind in recent times. According to Mishra, “Secularism,…

Sino-Pakistan relations: New dimensions

On the occasion of the 71st anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China, both states deserve congratulations. These two brotherly countries have stood by each other at all times. In particular, China has not only been…

Final and infallible

A renowned jurist and eminent judge Jackson of the US Supreme Court said that the apex court is not final because it is infallible, but it is infallible because it is final. This observation has assumed the significance of a legal maxim and…

Myanmar-Bangladesh military ties

Myanmar and Bangladesh’s military ties can stabilise the whole region of Southeast Asia. A power shift in Myanmar and the subsequent polarisation among major powers triggered a new geopolitical flashpoint in Bangladesh’s strategic backyard,…

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