Ardeshir Cowasjee

Lost in the mists of time

The atrocities we have witnessed, and witness today, are in large part due to the fact that religion is very much the business of the state. By Ardeshir Cowasjee Published Aug 13, 2012 06:24am

The greening of justice

IN a country where the economic cost of environmental degradation, as determined by the World Bank, has increased from six to more than seven per cent of GDP over the past five years, a most gratifying recent development went unnoticed by many citizens Published Apr 10, 2012 12:05am

Winding down

TODAY, we in Pakistan observe the birthday of the man who founded and made Pakistan just over 64 years ago. Published Dec 25, 2011 03:54am

Four decades on and where are we?

TWO days ago the nation ‘commemorated’ — or it should have even though to the majority it may have little significance — the 40th anniversary of the signing of the instrument of surrender by the commander of the Published Dec 18, 2011 02:54am

Our native lemmings

LEMMINGS are small rodents of the Arctic areas that experience population explosions when food is plentiful. Published Dec 11, 2011 02:32am

Humanity’s foot on the accelerator

OVER two years ago, this column commented on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Chicken Little’ statement at the 150-country Geneva environmental conference Published Dec 04, 2011 01:34am

What makes a regional chaudhry?

SOON after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement earlier this year that America was “betting” on India’s future and sought Indian presence beyond Published Nov 27, 2011 01:16am

Not winning, but changing

AS I was recently reminded by a young friend from Lahore, a representative of what has come to be known as civil society which during these past few years Published Nov 20, 2011 02:46am

The latter-day hunter-gatherer

FOR hundreds of thousands of years the ancestors of today`s man were hunter-gatherers. They were spread all over Earth and wandered around in mobile family bands, foraging for food as their chief occupation Published Nov 13, 2011 02:58am

Pakistanis do not learn from history

“A PHENOMENON noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies... Published Nov 05, 2011 08:33pm

The judicial environment

LAST weekend, the Balochistan High Court and its bar association organised a two-day Conference on Environmental Law... Published Oct 30, 2011 04:40am

Permanence is not an option

WHO was it who said, many moons ago, when asked where he thought Pakistan was going that it would trundle on — and ... Published Oct 23, 2011 03:00am

Killing the messengers

WE Pakistanis are determined never to learn from history. Our leaders deem ignorance to be bliss and choose to pay ... Published Oct 08, 2011 09:02pm

Struck by calamity

THIS follows on from mention in my recent column on Karachi’s rain of the “colossal rain damage in the rural areas ... Published Oct 02, 2011 03:00am

Paucity of Pakistan’s politics

PAKISTAN can produce generals of the army who, from time memorial, have held sway over the national scenario,... Published Sep 25, 2011 02:05am

‘Rain, rain, go away…’

“IF you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain,” sang Dolly Parton. But that was before the days of... Published Sep 18, 2011 01:41am

Mediaeval-minded presidents

THE expert in understanding the wiles and ways of the truly accidental co-chairman of the party of the people who... Published Sep 11, 2011 03:01am

They do protest too much

IN Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, the eponymous hero’s mother, the Queen, ironically remarks about a character in a... Published Sep 04, 2011 01:04am

Hope springs eternal

OCCASIONALLY, just occasionally, there is a glimmer of hope. Not for the immediate present, nor even for the near... Published Aug 28, 2011 01:15am