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Dr Shahnaz Khan

Education Apartheid – Dr Shahnaz Khan

The word apartheid became well known when it was used in South Africa to discriminate against non-Europeans. Its most vicious aspect was the Bantu Education Act. Frances Baard, an activist, summed up its impact, “ Bantu Education Act was to…

Social Contract – Dr Shahnaz Khan

There are many theories about the origin of the state and its role in the life of its citizens. One view is that the state is inherently an oppressive institution, built upon the capitalist mode of production and thus meant to protect the…

Soul Of A Nation – Dr Shahnaz Khan

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children" – Nelson Mandela.If that is true then the state of children in Pakistan and around the world reveals a soul rotten to the core. And if…

How Do I Fool Thee? – Dr Shahnaz Khan

The assault on the innocent and unsuspecting people of Pakistan continues in ever ingenious and innovative ways. The new drama series, ‘clash of institutions’, is just another weapon in this arsenal. Its every episode played on TV sets…

Democracy Of Wealth – Dr Shahnaz Khan

Next month it will be time for a summer time ritual – the presentation of the budget. Whatever debate takes place in the corridors of power, one thing is for sure: the people of Pakistan have no voice in this process and no understanding of…

It’s A Joke – Dr Shahnaz Khan

Some workers’ organisations have recently asked for the minimum wage to be raised to Rs20,000 per month. Minimum wage is basically defined as the minimum or lowest amount that is paid to employees. Some of the indicators used to set minimum…

The Invisible Ones – Dr Shahnaz Khan

Why do we commemorate International Workers Day? Is the day about rallies, speeches, and slogans, or about the Chicago martyrs on May 1 in 1886 who were killed by police brutality for asking for an eight-hour work day? Or is it about the…