Stories for: Faisal Bari

Innovative thinking needed

IT has been four years since the 18th Constitutional Amendment was passed. Article 25A, ‘Right to Education’, ...

Dominant narrative

Most things in Pakistan, currently at least, can be explained through narratives about power.

Brain drain?

ACCORDING to a news report, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal, told the Senate...

Closing of the Pakistani mind

A FRIEND showed me a class four Pakistani textbook from the 1960s. It was on famous personalities. In the first...

Some are more equal…

AN apartment building in Islamabad had put up a printed sign near the main lift saying that ‘domestic staff’...

Kafkaesque approach

A COLLEAGUE advised me to take a look at Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan as he thought I might want to recommend...

English at a cost

A COUPLE of years ago, the PML-N suddenly announced that the Punjab government was switching to English as the ...

The expendables

WHEN there is excess labour, compared to capital, the price (or wage) that labour can command, in a capitalist...

Early interventions

AFZAL, who works in the city while his family lives in the village, has three daughters and one son. One of his...

The Bard’s nightmare

AN ‘A’ Level English literature student, the daughter of a friend, told me that she was reading Shakespeare for...

Dividend or nightmare?

YOUSAF and his wife wanted at least a son, preferably two. They now have two. But they also have four daughters. One...

A different childhood

A COLLEAGUE is worried that his elder son, in the third grade, spends too much time playing outside, playing games ...

Business as usual

ALMOST every member of the small group of hajis that I formed an acquaintance with seemed to have paid a slightly...

Examination woes

THE child of a colleague appeared for the Grade IX board examinations this year. He was shocked when he got his...

Extreme myopia

IN the land where thousands of Sufis are buried and thousands are alive, where scores of Sufi orders thrive, where...

Lack of geriatric care

A FRIEND’S mother has full-blown and advanced Alzheimer’s and another friend’s father has advanced dementia....

Loath to let go

THE Punjab Local Government Act 2013 (Act XVIII of 2013) was recently passed by the provincial legislature. The law...

The path to growth

MUCH has been written on the desirability of the loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund. The conditions...

Education: no vision

ESTIMATES of out-of-school children go up to 25 million in Pakistan. Through the inclusion of Article 25 (a) in the...

No capacity to deliver

A BUS full of schoolchildren has an accident in Kallar Kahar in September 2011. Later we get to know that the ...

Opinion

The Pemra mess

Scary ineptitude

Moral dilemmas

Kashmir saga

Editorial

Yet another chance

‘Adoption’ laws

Out in the open

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