Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

Politics of patriarchy

AS Imran Khan’s tirades against election irregularities continue unabated, one is tempted to remind him that, as...

Old habits die hard

Okara military farms are back in the spotlight.

Kingdoms of God

IT is remarkable to think that it has been only a couple of years since the world was raving about the so-called ...

Orientalism lite

AFTER a week acclaiming it as the ‘final solution to terrorism,’ everyone is now clambering to highlight the...

On state terrorism

IT is among the many wonders of this land of the pure that charlatans renowned for their closeness to state...

No short cuts

IN my reckoning, two big things happened in Pakistan this past week. Everyone is talking about one and largely...

Whither workers?

Subordinate classes are not organised politically.

Structural violence

Liberals do not see themselves as part of the problem.

Taming the beasts

The silent majority must be mobilised by progressives.

Red tape

State functionaries use their positions to benefit themselves.

Bus democracy

The current brand of democracy ignores the poor.

Love thy neighbour

There’s value in studying polls in India and Afghanistan.

Politics as parody

The corporate media has played power games many times.

The Pakhtun question

The Pakhtuns have found both wealth and squalor.

Two-way street

It is unfashionable to see the world through the class lens.

Ruling Pakistan

The power structure, and not Musharraf, must be the focus.

Realpolitik reigns

War and suffering are ever present in today’s world.

Of heroes and villains

Our true heroes remain largely anonymous, even in death.

Normalising power

THE disclosure that more than 100 children recently starved to death in Sindh’s Thar desert is a cause of...

Short-term thinking

PAKISTANIS have notoriously short-term memories and, dare I say, rather fickle politics too. It has barely been nine...