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Populist haven – Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

IT has been more than a century since the renowned German sociologist Max Weber wrote about the declining influence of charisma in the modern era. Weber argued that the...

A Treaty To Learn From

The Indo-Pak tensions at the Line of Control (LoC) are again dying down, thankfully. Yet, like the ultimate movie cliché when the hero subdues one foe and turns his...

Capital Punishment

With regard to the debate on capital punishment, two misconceptions need to be dispelled. One, it cannot be linked to a particular creed, political system or the level...

Precious Rant

It was winter 1973. I was young and living in Paris. I had fallen for a French girl and run away from a dull job in London. After a few months she had left me, and I was...

An Arab Spring In Turkey?

This time last year we finally had our dream of visiting Turkey fulfilled. We spent a rare, serene week in Istanbul or Constantinople as it was once known. Our hotel was...

Let The Native Cousins Live In Peace

What a pity that a large part of the Pakistani diaspora living in advanced western economies supports, encourages, sponsors and funds religious fanaticism and political...

What Killed Neruda?

The recent order by a Chilean judge to exhume and then conduct an autopsy on the remains of the poet Pablo Neruda may throw light on the real cause of the death of Pablo...

How Fares The Land?

Deep-rooted patronage in politics is one of the major impediments to the growth of a meritocratic society due to its deleterious effects on democracy, rule of law, and...

Education At The Doorstep

One of the most spectacular successes in Punjab in the last two years has gone almost unnoticed. This is the ‘almost’ complete elimination of dengue fever from...

The Illusionists

In this violent and unjust world an eternal problem seems to be that the messiahs, whether secular or spiritual, succeed only for a while, if at all, and the world...

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