Anjum Altaf

Interrogating democracy

Democracy relies on collective wisdom to yield the best of a set of often bad choices. Updated Feb 10, 2020 07:30am

Rules and discretion

We have to minimise discretion in Pakistan at least for this phase of our existence. Published Jan 05, 2020 07:01am

False signals

Why do the rulers consider increase in remittances praiseworthy? Published Oct 27, 2019 07:03am

Put to the test

Our education systems need to be independently assessed. Updated Oct 05, 2019 07:55am

Taxation: A way forward

Taxpayers here have valid concerns: does the government care for us? Published Sep 16, 2019 06:58am

Unpacking education

Chota is highly skilled, street-smart and wise. Yet no one would consider him educated. Why not? Updated Sep 09, 2019 01:26pm

Cutting it short

Why, as a society, we feel increasingly disinclined to enforce the rules is a matter of great significance. Published Aug 24, 2019 07:06am

Quality of food

We literally do not know what we are eating in Pakistan. Published Aug 04, 2019 07:07am

Education is not a solution

Pakistan’s development problems are not going to be resolved even if every citizen acquires a postgraduate education. Published Jul 25, 2019 06:56am

A vision for the future

The kings and kingmakers have now led the country into very dangerous territory. Published Jul 15, 2019 07:01am

Debating education

Just as a robust undergraduate system is a prerequisite for successful doctoral programmes, ... Published Jun 16, 2019 06:37am

The real India

Liberalism, pluralism and secularism resonated very little with the mass of the Indian population. Published Jun 09, 2019 07:09am

Language and society

Our linguistic confusions are compounded by the fact that Urdu is very carefree with its pronunciation and use of Published May 19, 2019 07:16am

No lessons learnt

‘Welfare’ not ‘warfare’ should be the goal. Published Mar 03, 2019 07:27am

Finessing Brexit

Meta-issues involving complex dimensions are not suitable for referenda. Updated Mar 12, 2019 02:03pm

On sustainability

What is intriguing is our selective use of the concept of sustainability. Published Jan 30, 2019 07:18am

History’s lessons

It is normal for us to accept whoever is placed on the pedestal. Published Sep 02, 2018 06:57am

Governance trap

There’s no place for ‘good’ representatives — the more powerful and connected the patron, the better. Published Jul 16, 2018 06:58am

Another plea to CJ

Is suo motu action an exercise in futility? Published Apr 10, 2018 06:21am

Unhealthy times

The burden of disease became much more equalised. Published Mar 21, 2018 07:04am