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Kuldip Nayar is an Indian journalist and columnist. He has also written many books, the latest of which is his autobiography, Beyond the Lines

 

What are you reading these days?

Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu James A. Robinson.

 

Which books are on your bedside table?

Gandhi: Essential Writings by V.V. Ramana Murthi, Reporting the Partition of Punjab 1947 by Raghuvendra Tanwar and Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity: The Search for Saladin by Akbar S. Ahmed.

 

What is the one book/author you feel everyone must read?

The poet Iqbal. His Shikwa, which is a straight, spontaneous treatise, spells out the purpose in life.

 

What are you planning to reread?

Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

 

What is the one book you read because you thought it would make you appear smarter?

Never thought about it. Every book makes you smarter.

 

What is the one book you started reading but could not finish?

George F. Kennan Memoirs 1925-1950.

 

What is your favourite childhood book or story?

The Mahabharata.

Opinion

Crisis looming
Updated 21 Oct 2021

Crisis looming

It will be a terrible mistake for the PM, his acolytes to underestimate the strength of the wave that is about to hit them.
An eye-opener
21 Oct 2021

An eye-opener

A daring report by Indian savants could have been written here.
Past, present, forever
Updated 20 Oct 2021

Past, present, forever

Despite their close relationship, this is hardly the first time the PTI and the military have not been BFFs.

Editorial

Not just cricket
Updated 21 Oct 2021

Not just cricket

Hype surrounding the match — sold out as soon as tickets sales opened — has overshadowed the other games, as well as other teams.
Local governance
21 Oct 2021

Local governance

The court ruling restoring local institutions in Punjab should go a long way in ensuring the continuation of grassroots democracy.
21 Oct 2021

Breast cancer awareness

LIKE so many other issues relating to women’s health in Pakistan, breast cancer is not a subject of serious...
Opposition’s chance?
Updated 19 Oct 2021

Opposition’s chance?

What the opposition can do is take advantage of the cleavage between PTI and the establishment, perhaps widen it and leverage it.
Evading tax laws
Updated 20 Oct 2021

Evading tax laws

Challenge of tax compliance can't be dealt with without directly taxing incomes irrespective of source and punishing tax evaders.
19 Oct 2021

KCR delays

AS political and bureaucratic stakeholders drag their feet over reviving the Karachi Circular Railway, residents of...