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Muslims under pressure

Muslims can preempt this by doubling down on assimilation Reminder: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on December 7, 2015: Remember the poll numbers. So, listen. Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s […]

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Who created TLP?

It is the 20th of November. If you look out the window you may notice that heavens have not fallen nor hell frozen over. Today marks Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s 37th death anniversary. While he is gone his work, name, and legacy live on. But pundits seldom have […]

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Who rules Pakistan?

Tribalism in Pakistani political discourse obscures a wide array of dynamics that play a disproportionately bigger role in our daily lives. And yet you will hardly ever hear political pundits comment on them. That is precisely why blind tribalism is such a stupid thing. Instead […]

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Shutting down hope

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(October 13, 2018) What is this dystopia and how did we end up here? It is like a murder mystery. Too many suspects. As many clues. But still we are nowhere near an answer. And you can feel it. The hardening of societies around the […]

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Deconstruction of administrative state

(September 29, 2018) We might be witnessing an inflection point in the history of politics around the world. After initial fear, misgivings and paranoia about Donald Trump, it seems many are now fascinated by what he represents. Books upon books are being written on the […]

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Hybrid warfare

(September 15, 2018) “They went down, way down, where the two tectonic plates join, and exploded a host of powerful nukes there. That is why we had such a devastating earthquake here.” The year was 2005. The young man sitting before me in the restaurant […]

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Welcome to dystopia!

( September 8, 2018) What is the nature of our world order? Is our world uni-polar, bipolar or multi-polar in essence? Is there any real order in this world or we are trapped in what Richard Haass calls A World in Disarray? Are we in a […]

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Nobel prize for Trump?

(June 7, 2018) “North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un just stated that the ‘nuclear button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food-starved regime please inform him that I too have a nuclear button, but it is a much bigger […]

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What’s harming Western democracy

(May 24, 2018) An inexplicable fear has gripped the interlocutors of democratic project around the world. The fear of the collapse of democracy. It seems that the world is still reeling from the black swan victory of Donald Trump and what it entails for the […]

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Civilisation of music

May 17th, 2018 An African-American man sits on the stage, with braided hair wearing oversized shades indoors, holding a phone to his face and singing a song. In a beautiful voice, he describes the beauty of the world. Someone nearby whispers in my ear with […]

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Ready to lose your job?

(April 26, 2018) You are about to lose your job. No matter what you do, no matter which industry you work in or the position you hold, it is highly likely to disappear in the next 10 years. It is not a joke. Nor an […]

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The South Asian identity crisis

(April 12, 2018) Last November, Britain’s pro-Brexit Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel was forced to resign after being accused of violating the ministerial code of conduct. As far as media reports go, the British politician of Indian descent had met Israeli officials, […]

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Changing the algorithm of democracy

(April 05, 2018) Is democracy around the world perishing before our eyes? Is it the point where the narrator’s voice in dulcet tones marks the end of freedom as a reality? Is it that time when free choice becomes all but an illusion for our […]

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Brexit: Not Over Till It Is Over

(First published on Mar 13, 2020) On January 31, at 11 PM GMT Great Britain formally said goodbye to the European Union (EU). This brought an end to a forty-seven years’ long uneasy marriage. The story, however, is far from over. Britain still must conclude […]

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Preparing for a Changing New World

(First published on Nov 14, 2018) Change in the world known to us is accelerating at a breakneck speed. If you are a fan of science fiction and informed enough about the technical advancement, you must realize the two will soon become indistinguishable.As per IDC’s […]

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India – Desperate to be Great

(First published on June 1, 2016) People like Ajit Doval do not even hesitate to publicly admit they plan to interfere in the internal matters of their neighbours and have no qualms about exporting state sponsored terrorism in countries like Pakistan. Elsewhere where no safety […]

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Beyond Globalization: A Survival Guide

(The piece was originally published on October 1, 2018) Saint Louis (Missouri) and Atlantic City (New Jersey) both bear testimony to the far reaching and often debilitating consequences. St. Louis, the Midwestern city that once boasted of being the fourth largest American city with a […]

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Understanding the Syrian Crisis

(Note: This piece first appeared on May 1, 2017) Five years old Omran Daqneesh sits clueless in an ambulance. He has just been pulled out of rubble along with his family. Omran looks into camera, self-consciously he tries to fix his hair matted with blood […]

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Perils of misreading Bihar verdict

(This piece originally appeared on November 16, 2015) An election was won and lost in the Indian state of Bihar. Contrary to Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah’s claims no crackers went off in Pakistan. Media here and abroad is portraying it as Indian PM […]

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The farce called ‘clash of civilizations’

(Note: This piece first appeared on April 07, 2015. Since then a lot has changed. But the core argument remains unchanged. So it is being reproduced here for your perusal.) The pictures of three British Muslim schoolgirls who left home to join the IS tell a harrowing […]

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