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Can Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Government Achieve Equal Rights for Women
Amir Hussain

As the primary institution of cultural cohesion, the family has been of particular concern to moralists. They view this socially-evolved institution as a means of leading a moral and ethical life. There is no scientific and historical explanation to the disintegration of families in the urban areas of the country in particular. Even in rural and tribal areas, the extended family is losing its cultural moorings in favour of nuclear families with increased exposure to modern life. ...

 

Every Step Mr. Netanyahu Takes Is a Catastrophe
Daniel Sugarman

I think it could have been much better than what happened in the end - today the situation is getting worse, more and more settlements are being built. “I think Israel will not survive in the end, not the Israel I knew, I honestly do not think that in 50 years Israel will exist as Israel, look at demography, how many Arabs will be there be in another 50 years’ time?”...

 

India Is Far Too Involved In Its Own Internal Challenges to Desire Any Turbulence at the Borders or In Jammu and Kashmir
Syed Ata Hasnain

He is obviously going along with popular sentiment in Pakistan, where anti-American feelings run high, but these will place him at odds with the first major issue that will confront him: the economy. Any bailout is likely to be contingent upon Western satisfaction about the measures undertaken against the extremist groups. Given this situation, Imran Khan will hardly be able to bowl at full pace; he may have to settle for a medium swing to test the waters, which are indeed going to be turbulent....

 

Nobody Knows When Trump Is Doing International Diplomacy and When He Is Doing Election Campaigning
Michael T. Klare

However ironic it might seem, this is, of course, the gist of the Sino-Russian tripolar model as embraced and embellished by Donald Trump. It envisions a world of constant military and economic contention among three regional power centres, generating crises of various sorts, but not outright war. It assumes that the leaders of those three centres will cooperate on matters affecting them all, such as terrorism, and negotiate as necessary to prevent minor skirmishes from erupting into major battles....

 

In the first place, he is a committed Muslim. In the second place, he is a missionary out to convert other faithful to his brand of Islam. In the third place, he has done no graduate work at the PhD level or written substantive papers evaluated by acknowledged scholars in the field. In what universe, then, is he a “comparative religion” expert?...

 

“What is beautiful and sad about this is that our society accepted this change so quickly. Why, because it went through a period called Al-Sahwa (awakening) and this period pressured society. Everything was forbidden, shameful and wrong, this long period pressured society psychologically and socially....

 

Sharif Is the First Popular Leader from Punjab to Defy the Military
Abbas Nasir

While the country’s other three provinces — Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, earlier known as the North-West Frontier Province — have a history of defying central authority and of standing up to the military, Punjab has seldom betrayed such tendencies. This is possibly because it is heavily represented in the military. Mr. Sharif is the first popular leader from Punjab to defy the military....

 

The Glorification of Social Media’s Role Needs to Be Balanced with the Oppressive Role It Plays
Farooq Sulehria

The uprising in the Middle East was conveniently tagged as a ‘Facebook Revolution’, without critically analysing the link between any uprising/revolution and its communication system. Ironically, the protagonists of this Facebook Revolution have never enlightened us as to what happened to the Facebook Revolution in Syria, Yemen, Libya or even Egypt when the military staged a comeback? Or, why Facebook-and-Twitter did not work in Saudi Arabia, a highly wired and connected country...

 

Nawaz’s Question, ‘Mujhe Kyun Nikala?’, Is Only Going To Become Louder Because Of The Avenfield Verdict
Luavut Zahid

The PML-N has spent the last few months adding fuel to the “Mujhe Kyun Nikala?” fire. And it is a slogan that practically came gift wrapped from the Supreme Court. Instead of having to answer for corruption, the original Panama verdict helped Nawaz tell the world he was ousted for not taking money from his own son – not corruption. Building on this, the party has infused the public with the idea that the Sharifs are being targeted because they are trying to change the system and beat the status quo....

 

Tanvi Seth Stood Up to Moral Policing:  The Golden Rule Should Be ‘Don’t Do Unto Others That You Don’t Want Done To You’
Ram Madhav

Intruding into the personal lives of others is a strict no-no for individuals and the state. Online trolls are abusing these very freedoms that empower Tanvi Seth, her husband Mohammed Anas Siddiqui, Swaraj and the rest of us to function as thinking and decent individuals rather than automatons. The ability to tweet to a minister helped expose this incident and disrupt the power relations of India’s Babu-citizen interface. While the positive ending is cause for relief, the rising social polarisation that emboldened a prejudiced officer is cause for concern....

Also Read: No to Bullying: Tanvi Seth Stood Up To Moral Policing and Triumphed But the Episode Is A Warning Sign

 

The Unravelling of Democratic Norms in Turkey, the World’s Biggest Jailer of Journalists

The resulting imbalances in power can seem comical—like gadflies conspiring to topple an elephant. But enduring such cartooning insolence is a hallmark of tolerant societies. Not long ago, Turkey aspired to be one of them. Turkish newspapers celebrated cartoons. Satirical magazines such as Penguen and Leman flourished. Visual satirists regularly trained their unflattering pens on the country’s leading politicians. ...

 

Organized Religion Aims To Create a Single Identity
Anup Sinha

Religion was like a toy that society was expected to grow out of. However, organized religion is on the rise, as are intolerance and violence, in an age otherwise characterized by astonishing technological progress and change. We are supposed to be transiting to an age of robots and automatons. Will we now have Hindu and Muslim and Christian robots? Will they be programmed to pray as well as to kill...

Jammu and Kashmir Dispute and the UN Report
Dr Shabir Choudhry

Also, the readers won’t know that it was Pakistan which refused to implement terms of the UNCIP Resolution of 13 August 1948. Their refusal to withdraw Pakistani troops from areas of Jammu and Kashmir under their occupation resulted in impasse, and has led to violence, bloodshed, human rights abuses, imprisonment, kidnapping rapes and instability in Jammu and Kashmir and in the region....

 

What Is Now Needed Is the Will Power at the Level of Team Modi to Bring Peace to Jammu and Kashmir
Vijay Kranti

There are a host of other administrative rules and laws, applicable in J&K today that are so inhuman in nature that Team Modi will win national applause if the Governor decides to abrogate them. For example, there are at least nine communities like POK refugees, West Pakistan refugees, the Balmiki community, children of state women who married men from other states, and Gorkha families of soldiers of the Maharaja era who have been perpetually denied the most basic of civic rights since generations simply because the state laws don’t accept them as “permanent residents”.....

 

A Timely Course Correction in Kashmir

India’s stand against Pakistan on the issue of Islamic terror is now firmly supported by US and other major democratic powers. The comments of the UNHRC on alleged human rights violation in Kashmir are empty as the Council’s silence on Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terror against India amply demonstrates. The chequered course of the ceasefire has led the Opposition to attack the Centre’s Kashmir policy.....

 

The crown prince should release the women’s rights activists, drop all charges against them, and allow them to continue their careers freely. That would be the best way to reassure the world that the reforms are real and remain on track. For the sake of global stability, Saudi reforms need to be saved from Mohammed bin Salman’s absolutism and heavy-handedness....

 

Ever wondered where is Afsan Ashique now? The angry stone-pelter of yesterday is a top-notch goal-keeper today determined to intercept every ball hurled at her. She is the captain of Jammu Kashmir’s women’s football team. She is under intensive coaching in Mumbai and is raring to have a go at international outings. She wants to represent India. Well! The image of stone-pelter Afsan was there everywhere. But not many know about Afsan, the goal keeper. TVs aren’t’ interested in the Afsan of today....

 

Reham Khan: A Fearless Opponent Is Impossible To Defeat, Dear Pakistani Media
Reham Khan

For months, announcements were made on my behalf and appearances booked without consulting me. Even my divorce was announced by a political party spokesperson. That was then. This is 2018.No longer am I the wife of a politician. I am not any man’s private property anymore. I am a free woman. Or so I thought....

 

Ramzan Is Raising Hopes for Peace: Ceasefires in Kashmir, Kabul May Reinforce Peace Sentiment in the Subcontinent
C. Raja Mohan

As we get closer to Ramzan celebrations this week, there is speculation that more steps could follow, for example on prisoner exchange. Both Kabul and the Taliban have called for such a move. Meanwhile, Delhi’s decision to extend the ceasefire in Kashmir could reinforce the peace sentiments across the Subcontinent. While the hopes for a durable peace might be premature, the conflicts in Kashmir and Afghanistan might be entering a new phase in their long and depressing history.....

 

Pranab Mukherjee at Nagpur: For A Healthy Democracy, It Is Essential To Have A Dialogue with Every Legal Organisation
Shashi Shekhar

Here it is important to realise that incessant criticism of the RSS over the years has only strengthened it. Today the BJP, its political arm, is ruling over 20 states as well as the country itself. How can one treat such a powerful organisation as an untouchable in perpetuity? Even earlier, Left-wing leaders as well as former presidents such as APJ Abdul Kalam and Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (who went there during his tenure as president) have participated in similar programmes. Everybody knows that once you become president, you rise over party affiliations. Why create a hullaballoo then...

Ramadan, Fasting and the FIFA World Cup
Gary Meenaghan

A 2007 study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that players’ performances “declined significantly for speed, agility, dribbling and endurance” while fasting in addition, the “shift of food intake and disruption of sleep patterns affect actual and perceived physical performance.” Yet, as Algeria showed at the 2014 World Cup when they reached the knock-out stages despite the entire squad fasting, sometimes it can actually raise levels of performance. ...

 

But why do such shifts continue to take analysts by surprise? When dealing with Iraq, a focus on political elites and sectarianism has produced an image of a society incapable of collective action against the political class. As I have found in my research, this obscures wider societal dynamics that suggest a latent potential for broad mobilization and complex strategies of resistance....

 

Kathua Trial: Uphold the Boundaries Defined By Humanity, Do Not Violate Them
Yashwant Thorat

Nations and men alike pass through dark times. So, instead of dwelling on the darkness, I listen to a favourite of mine: Janakee Jaane, a song in praise of Sri Rama, written in Sanskrit by Yusufali Kecheri, a Muslim; set to music by Naushad Ali, another Muslim, and sung by Yesudas a Christian. Hear it. Tell me whether it speaks to you....

 

Defending Human Rights: Religion and Human Rights Have Always Had an Intense, Tortured Relationship
The Economist

If that proves impossible, something will have been lost. There has been something admirable about the spectacle of distinguished Americans, both liberal and conservative, raising their voices in favour of Uighur Muslims, Tibetan  Buddhists, Pakistani Christians and Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses: not in a sectarian spirit, but in defence of universal principles....

The Dulat-Durrani Dialogue: A Conversation between India and Pakistan Is Currently a Non-Starter
Ayesha Siddiqa

There is talk about revelations and confessions, as if both gentlemen said entirely new things. That is neither true nor was it the apparent purpose of the book. For instance, Dulat’s discussion on Kashmir is not new. He is an old Kashmir hand advising Delhi to seek an out-of-the-box solution to the issue for a long time. As for Durrani, it is well known that he would rather make conciliatory moves towards India than the US....

 
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