States certainly play cynical games.
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
The debate on informality is reduced to polemic.
Hyper-nationalists were demanding a response, and in the revocation of Article 370, they got what they wanted.
The new normal has been pushed even further to the right.
Back in 1965, Ms Jinnah was hardly a darling of the establishment.
The imperative of truth and reconciliation cannot be denied.
The commission’s ToR only extend to probing the last decade.
In recent days, Pakistan’s reputation of being a country at war with itself has been reinforced.
We put public services on the chopping block.
These ‘working people’ have taken on other concerns.
Everything, it seems, is a ‘foreign conspiracy’.
Every political regime here has spewed the same rhetoric.
It is unlikely that this wave of nationalism will last forever.
Men do not own feminist struggles as their own.
They write and rewrite history to create pliant populations.
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.