Friday, October 30, 2020

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Power and the Powerful

There is a link between leadership and power because all leaders have, and exercise, power. One can be in a leadership position because of an appointment, or rank, or elected office or authority assigned or delegated-- but being in a position to exercise power does not make one a leader nor does the power that comes with the position make one an expert in the use of power. Leadership skills whether God given or acquired give one the ability to accumulate and carefully calibrate the use of power.

It’s Lonely at the Top

The real reason for the wasted tax money was because of the size of the delegations that accompanied them and the demands that these people made on the embassy staff. Rather than extolling sponsors and depending on them, the Prime Minister would do well to dwell on the Spartan and austere style of his visits

What’s New in Naya Pakistan?

The unprecedented hikes in interest rates, devaluation and ongoing additional surcharges have unleashed a spike in inflation that has severely eroded the purchasing power of the people, and led to the loss of employment opportunities. The dream of generating millions of jobs transitioned into a reality of rampant job losses.

Screens of Knowledge

Cinemas or movie theaters that are traditionally associated with pure entertainment and leisure, can play a huge role in reforming a society and imparting knowledge to the masses. A strong initiative is needed on a countrywide scale to realize the positive impact of cinemas as a tool for education and social reform

Voice of Justice, for “Vulnerable to Justice”

Women from urban and more developed areas Pakistan are quite open to the idea of being liberalized and empowered, as compared to women from rural and less developed regions of the country. This difference was also observed during the recently held “Aurat March” under the banner of Aurat Foundation. Interestingly, both of these women empowering projects have the same funding source

“Dharna,” – A Deception of Political liberation

All these issues highlighted by the JUI-F leader could have been put forward in the parliament using the proper democratic channels but it seems that the purpose of this protest was completely different. The container prepared for Maulana’s March had pictures of former political leaders who unfortunately later expressed unwillingness to participate in the anti-government movement, as they could sense it would be politically damaging and may cause more friction with national and international bodies. Definitely a politically wise and mature decision on part of PPP and PML-N
Azadi March

Fazlur Rehman’s Fizzling Fulgurations

Fazlur Rehman, leader of JUI-F, is an opportunist who thrives on political weaknesses of other political parties and their leadership. On his own, apart from some nuisance value he doesn’t amount to much. He likes to use and he doesn’t mind being used for political gains. As a politician he is pretty much exposed and carries a huge baggage of allegations of all sorts from his political rivals
Modi's Hindu India

Book Review: Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India

A decision that has sparked international outrage and led to a widely condemned 80 days and counting shut down of Kashmir and that has brought immense misery to the Kashmiris and led to renewed and dangerous hostility with Pakistan

The Dowdy Howdy Modi Do in Houston

The most Modi-friendly politician in the U.S. is a Democrat, Tulsi Gabbard, but she couldn’t turn up after a recent investigative article revealed her past dependence on Hindu nationalist funding

Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?

Today, the informal economy remains hidden and out of circulation. Neither the state nor the people are benefiting from it. There has to be a long term plan to allow all this informal economy to be integrated back into the formal economy without penalizing those who possess it