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Reclaiming “India”

“India” should be a shared nomenclature between Bharat and Pakistan Sixty-nine years after independence, Pakistanis still grapple with what it means to be Pakistani. Often, we define ourselves by what we are not – Indian. While respecting existing state boundaries, this is exactly wrong. Pakistanis are Indian. Millennia ago, Persians and Greeks corrupted the local … Continue reading

The Protection of Women against Violence Act falls short of its objective

by Nihal Ates Pakistan Today | 9 March, 2016 A London-based independent domestic violence advocate hopes national legislation won’t repeat the Punjab Act’s mistakes Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy intimated at the Oscars that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will legislate at the national level to address honour killings. One hopes that the legislation he plans to pass is … Continue reading

Barceloner

A lost Pakistani encounters the Catalan capital Imaduddin Ahmed The Friday Times blogs | Feb 13, 2016 Offered a flight and three nights at a four-star in Barcelona if I spoke at a conference, I found myself alone in a city which perhaps enjoys the highest per capita number of stunners. Equipped with no Spanish as I boarded … Continue reading

My reads in 2015

62 books, ave 303pp; 16 papers, ave 29pp; total 19,284pp 60 books of 2014 45 books of 2013 Macroeconomics 1) Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (Translator), 685pp, 2014 **** 2) State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery by Atul Kohli, 480pp, 2004 3) The Atlas of Economic … Continue reading

Small world occurences – a few of the more unusual instances

Facebook makes life seem as though the stars often align – in the past couple of days a friend who is a doctor statused that she wanted to treat gorillas instead of  humans. Another friend posted photos of Zanzibar. Informed the first that my employer is charged with the conservation of gorillas and that I … Continue reading

Crowd-sourcing an apology to Bangladesh

Pakistan Today | Dec 9, 2015 By Imaduddin Ahmed   In 44 years, the state of Pakistan has failed to make an official apology for the war crimes committed by its armed forces against the people of Bangladesh in 1971. With the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ recent denial of atrocities, it is unlikely one is … Continue reading

Should Pakistanis apologise to Bangladeshis?

A Rwanda-based Pakistani is pushing his compatriots to admit that their country committed war crimes on Bangladesh, something Pakistan’s rulers have never conceded. Beena Sarwar · Dec 07, 2015 · 12:30 pm Scroll.in An online petition stark in its simplicity has revived an over 30-year-old debate in Pakistan. “We the undersigned Pakistanis deeply regret the atrocities committed … Continue reading

A cross-border friendship puts women in the driving seat

An Indo-Pak friendship born in the United States underlines the shared value of women’s empowerment Aman ki Asha | Dec 2, 2015 Imaduddin Ahmed Sightings of women driving pink rickshaws around Lahore have seized global media attention about the initiative to enfranchise women, those seeking to supplement their livelihood as well as those seeking safe … Continue reading

PPP success in Rwanda shows potential for greater self-reliance

Financial Times Beyond BRICS | 2 April, 2015 New Times | 4 April, 2015 allAfrica | 4 April, 2015 World Bank EIN News Desk | 6 April, 2015 Twenty-one years after its genocide, Rwanda ranks 46th in the world for ease of doing business according to the World Bank, four spots below its former coloniser … Continue reading

The secular backlash against Charlie Hebdo

as explained by South African Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee in an essay in his book Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship (published 1996) – The Intellectual Rational, secular intellectuals are not notably quick to take offense. Like Karl Popper, they tend to believe that I must teach myself to distrust that dangerous intuitive feeling or conviction … Continue reading

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