Is it a real manifestation of the expressions of the working and lower-middle classes or is it imposed from above?
Those who reach a position of power through angry votes often don’t need to do anything.
‘Crisis of secularism’ bemoaned by some scholars fails to acknowledge secularism has evolved in a highly complex manner.
The problem of manufactured histories is not limited to the developing countries. The current upheaval in the developed...
An anti-intellectual attitude is often part and parcel of a politically influential middle-class.
Is it the paranoia of losing power to them that leads to prejudice and discrimination against minority groups?
The ‘establishment’ is not a shadowy conspiracy but a position of visible power that many want to become a part of.
The current prime minister is not very different from his populist contemporaries in other developing countries.
Radicals feel strongly that a boycott of elections is necessary to delegitimise the sitting regime and expose the polls as bogus.
Islam’s rational past defies views of fundamentalists who challenge modernity by romanticising the past.
Political leaders now spend more time on cultural and moral issues rather than what they were once expected to do.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement’s agenda is clear — to exhaust its opponents.
Realising their inability to address and resolve real problems, politicians opt to present themselves as guardians of morality.
Like ‘strongmen’ of the Cold War, current breed of political ‘strongmen’ are thought to provide muscular, assertive leadership.
Controversial preacher Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s sudden death threw liberals into a conundrum over how to talk about him.
‘Self-Orientalism’, ironically, looks towards assumed Western authority for validation.
The term deep state means a very different thing in countries such as Pakistan.
Pakistan has a long history of governments accusing the political opposition of being externally funded.
We are now seeing ministers adopting the role.
Nawaz Sharif adds a more universal and multi-ethnic dimension to the PML-N.