View from India: Imran Khan & Arvind Kejriwal’s mistakes

Kisan Baburao Hazare, popularly known as Anna Hazare, is an Indian social activist who led movements to promote rural development, increase government transparency, and investigate and punish corruption in public life The two-decade long Imran Khan phenomenon has had its ups and downs. But the 2013 elections and his increasing popularity brought greater attention to him and his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Imran Khan was being invited to international forums, and media... Read More

Jinnah’s dream is on hold, but Project Ziaul Haq is in full swing

Cartoon by Sabir Nazar Artists see things others don’t, hues of reality that many are blind to or have long become numb to. I think this also happens when you go to a new place or visit a place after a long time, or periodically; you see more. I have lived most of my life in the United States and visit Pakistan periodically. Perhaps that’s why some things glare at me more than others. The converse is also true. If you were to visit the States you would see things that I stopped... Read More

Solutions for low quality of Pakistani research

If you didn’t write it, cite it: The McGill Tribune There have been several articles debating Pakistan research culture in the last couple of years in Dawn, and all of them raised important points. Ineffective HEC policies (Hoodbhoy P, July 01, 2017; Khawaja I, July 07, 2017), the incompetence of researchers (Agha N, Nov 10, 2015; Hoodbhoy P, Nov 21, 2015; Zardari S, Nov 02, 2014), the low quality of publications (Hoodbhoy P, Nov 21, 2015; Zardari S, Nov 02, 2014) and the... Read More

Killing Kotri and palla catch, Sindh’s fishermen worry about water downstream

There are 147 fish species found in the River Indus out of which 22 are found nowhere else in the world. Kotri downstream water is deemed a waste and excessive, even though an important sub-sector of the economy, fishing, is dependent on it. This includes coastal and inland fishing. Traditionally the most popular palla fish is found in Kotri downstream. Sindh was cited as the main trading point for fish, during the eras of the Mughal, Kalhora and Talpur rulers. Fish was traded... Read More

Pakistan’s e-commerce industry is worth just $100m and India’s is a whopping $12b

With an increasing number of internet service subscriptions and rising market penetration of smart phones in the country, the e-commerce sector in Pakistan has huge potential. The country already has 44 million broadband users, which is greater than the entire population of Canada. Yet our e-commerce industry is valued at a mere $100 million. In comparison, India’s e-commerce transactions are valued at $12 billion, China’s at $466 billion and the EU’s at $487 billion. In... Read More

The Curse of Being Transgender

They are one of us, they get born like all of us but they are never considered as equal to us. Having the 3rd gender puts them in a category that’s not lovable or likeable for us. It’s our self-designed system whereby we consider ourselves the elite of Allah’s creation and them as the cursed one. They are called transgenders or in other words “Khusra”, “Heejra” or “Third Gender”. If you are someone who thinks that gender has no role or consideration in the world... Read More


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