Author Archives: Raoof Hasan


In the cauldron of reform

Echoes of despair mired in grime Candid Corner “A silver-tongued charlatan and a half-wit society are made for each other. When these two come together in an election, a great disaster happens:


The ides of March jitters

Compromises breed mafias and parasites  Candid Corner   Caesar: The ides of March are come. Soothsayer: Ay, Caesar, but not gone. William Shakespeare: “Julius Caesar” Going by the ancient Roman calendar, ides


Back to the past

Squandering a great opportunity Candid Corner “If I try to seize this self of which I feel sure, if I try to define and to summarise it, it is nothing but water


The farce that it was

Candid Corner An opportunity, nevertheless, for undertaking genuine reform “Is it not a noble farce wherein kings, republics and emperors have, for so many ages, played their parts, and to which the


Salvaging a change

Candid Corner Mafias pose a generational challenge The withering of flowers The unceasing tears from the sky The lamps without light The shattered mirrors Dead is the music And the dance over


A vision that was not to be

Candid Corner Deepening scars on the face of Pakistan “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” – William Wilberforce As


Et tu, Brute?

Military being the target, all constraints are erased Candid Corner “Great is the issue at stake, greater than it may appear, whether a man is to be good or bad. And how


Mafias breeding mafias

Silence in the face of crime speaks of complicity  Candid Corner  “He knew what he was, what depths of depravity and cruelty he had plumbed, what ambitions drove him. He prided himself


Half-way to perdition

A generational undertaking to cultivate reform and method Candid Corner  “Unless we maintain correctional institutions of such character that they create respect for law and government instead of breeding resentment and a


Matching crime with crime

Candid Corner A concerted and coordinated effort to create judicial tyranny “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of


Infatuation with crime

Candid Corner Espousal of a culture wrapped in shrouds of untruths “The silence just allowed the echoes of the question to play out in Nox’s mind, reminding him of his own unwinnable


Jemima’s cousin, ‘Wiki’

Candid Corner Unmasking a cesspool of bigotry and hatred “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This makes the lowest grade of ignorance of


Subversion within

Breeding anarchy, rendering a difficult country ungovernable Candid Corner “On the mountains of truth, you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will

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