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Over a cup of tea

Reminiscing the rich culture we have   Reminiscing was an activity of our elders, or so I thought. It seems, however, that places change, not the reminiscing. Browsing through wedding pictures of

Tout est pardonné

Limitations of human rights?   The ever long debate of cultural relativism versus universality has thrown down the gauntlet to the legal experts and has entered the public discourse of international law

Moving closer

The problems Indian and Pakistan face Suppose India had lost the World Cup cricket match against Pakistan at Adelaide, the reaction among its people would have been that of disappointment and remorse.

The cricket blues

Gangman to patron-in-chief, the game has been the loser all the way   “Now started the most terrible and destructive fire which Rome had ever experienced. It began in the Circus where

Leadership

Corruption is Economic Terrorism, the highest form of treason Last week I said that Pakistan is a natural state, the new brand name of the millennia-old Indus Valley Civilisation. But we left

Sectarianism and its fallout

The state is unable to bottle this genie   The menace of sectarianism, though old, has of late intensified in Pakistan. The Shi’a-Sunni conflict in the Indo-Pak subcontinent, particularly Lukhnow, is almost

Wars for resources?

The petroleum factor Recent conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine have ostensibly been about “bad guys” who threatened peace with weapons of one kind or another, or stifled freedom and democracy.

Change on the ground

UN peace coordinator unwelcome by Palestinians   The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) did not object to the appointment of new UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov, although

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