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Imran Khan and the Struggle for a New Pakistan

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Mehr Tarar | TCA Raghavan | Reham Khan

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The Bloody Biography of Change

How do we contextualise the current election in Pakistan in terms of its history? The abiding memory of the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan is of its chaos and violence: communal…

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Marriage between any two people is a complicated business. Marriage with a celebrity can be even harder, as there is now a third party involved, the public. And marriage with a celebrity that…

Imran Khan and the Struggle for a New Pakistan

“Winning this World Cup, I am sure will go a long way in helping complete one of my obsessions, which is to build a cancer hospital. I am proud that in the twilight of my career, I finally managed to…

The Cost of Expectations

I STARTED THIS SERIES with reforms as its focus. But there may be an impression that I have digressed. Where is the talk about economic reforms? Why aren’t we discussing markets and the state, the…

A New Law Is No Remedy

WHILE HEARING A case on mob lynching and cow vigilantism, the Supreme Court on July 17th said that ‘mobocracy’ cannot be tolerated in the country and suggested that Parliament enact a law…

Jeff Bezos’ Path to $150 billion

JEFF BEZOS HAS just become the richest man in recorded history with his wealth crossing $150 billion. In absolute terms, he was already the richest man on the planet, far ahead of Microsoft founder…

The Strongman Fetish

AS CANDIDATE AND president, Barack Obama gave some of the finest motivational speeches of the 21st century. He is a writer of equal flourish as well. Much before Bill Clinton found his inner Agatha…

A Superpower of the Past

IT IS A TRUISM that innovation is a buzzword and everyone wants it. But why? There is a single measure for innovation: what is the value it creates for society at large, and perhaps incidentally, for…

The Indian Lynch Mob

‘In a crowd… a man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilisation. Isolated, he may be a cultivated individual; in a crowd, he is a barbarian—that is, a creature acting by instinct’ — Gustave…

Life is Not Everywhere

ON JULY 16TH, at a hearing in which a 20-year-old woman sought to abort her 25-week-old foetus, the Supreme Court denied permission and the judges also made comments, according to the news website…