They write and rewrite history to create pliant populations.
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
Progressives in Pakistan tend to veer between two extremes.
The voice of the system’s real losers has been muted.
The fallout is now increasingly centred in countries like ours.
Does the contemporary state really want to rid the world of terrorism?
The trope of security will become even more powerful.
Dents can be made in the hawkish attitudes of Pak-India officialdom.
The illegality of the rich is almost always glossed over.
Reactionary forces are gaining ground everywhere.
There is a crisis of survival and of human agency.
The poor continue to be left by the wayside.
One is inclined to think that it all doesn’t really matter.
Political will is needed to give security of tenure to katchi abadi dwellers.
The middle class did not bring the PTI to power.
Those who want change must make themselves seen and heard.
If this is Imran Khan’s dream come true, how will it unfold?
One is galled by the duplicity of the ‘international community’.
Many young people who are eligible to vote may not do so.
The real games will begin after the polls.
Reconciling with centuries-old oppressors is difficult.