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A Life Unveiled: My Encounters Across Countries and Cultures

My memoir “A Life Unveiled: My Encounters across Countries and Cultures” has been published by The Alcove Publishers and is available through Amazon. Here’s the link: https://thealcovepublishers.com/product/a-life-unveiled-my-encounters-across-countries-and-cultures/ ABOUT THE BOOK People’s life experiences may be as wide-ranging as their physical appearances. When … Continue reading

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Success has many fathers*

Now that Manmohan Singh has become the Prime Minister of India**, many on this side of the border are not just proud, but also claiming paternity, so to speak.  A leading columnist of Dawn has expressed his elation that Mr … Continue reading

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The personality cults of Trump, Modi and Imran Khan

One of the great advantages of democracy is that it resists personality cults.  The two are so mutually incompatible that when personality cult grows, democracy recedes, and vice versa. Durable democratic processes do occasionally produce very popular leaders, but rarely … Continue reading

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Good liberals, bad liberals

Liberals are the favourite whipping boy of governments and their loyalists, not only in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh but in all pseudo- and quasi-democracies, autocracies and dictatorships in the world. From Europe (Belarus, Hungary) to Southeast Asia (Myanmar, the Philippines) … Continue reading

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Wondrous World of the Great Khan

Surely I am not the only one so enthralled by Imran Khan. He continues to amaze me. Consider his latest discovery: Pakistan’s five-year prime ministerial term is too short. But allow me to go back a bit in time before … Continue reading

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Lessons of Trumpism: Nations need leaders, not liberators

The events of the last few days in Washington where, following incitement by the sitting president himself, a hysterical mob besieged, stormed and violently disrupted a session of the Congress, has shamed the vast majority of Americans and embarrassed supporters … Continue reading

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Salman Taseer: a tribute to a true hero

It is nine years to the day since the life of Salman Taseer was cut short at the age of 66 by an assassin’s bullet. His killer was none other than one of the trained men officially assigned, paid and … Continue reading

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Making light of an elephant

Just over four decades ago, as I was driving my VW Beetle in Islamabad, a street dog standing aimlessly on the edge of the road suddenly decided to cross directly in my path. I applied the brakes, swerved a little, … Continue reading

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War crimes and election results

by Razi Azmi Two recent events on far sides of the globe have given many people in the Third World, from ordinary folks to autocrats and dictators, occasion to gloat and beat their chests triumphantly. Though they are different in … Continue reading

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Who needs a ministry of information?

We have grown so accustomed to a ministry of information that we hardly notice that Western, democratic countries do not have any such entity. There is no minister of information in USA, UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, nor in … Continue reading

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