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Conspiracy Theories Galore

February 26, 2010 by

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By Ayesha Siddiqa DAWN – Friday- 26 Feb, 2010 I COULDN’T believe my ears when responsible quarters informed me of an American-Blackwater conspiracy to isolate Pakistan. According to this heinous plan the objective will be achieved by infiltrating the media, specifically through placing people in responsible positions in the print and electronic media. These plants […]

Education in mother tongue

February 24, 2010 by

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By Dr. Manzur Ejaz Published Daily Times- February 24, 2010 Research has shown that the students proficient in their mother tongue are better equipped to learn other languages. Furthermore, it is apparent that the countries that used mother tongues as medium of education were better in augmenting and creating knowledge It was the International Mother […]

Pakistan’s Jinnah

February 19, 2010 by

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By Ayesha Siddiqa DAWN – Friday, 19 Feb, 2010 Some time ago, I had a chance to read veteran columnist Ardeshir Cowasjee’s article ‘Bring back Jinnah’s Pakistan’ in which he talked about the founding father’s liberal vision for the country. Mr Cowasjee’s argument was that the state envisioned by Mohammad Ali Jinnah would have been governed […]

Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy: “Islam and Science Have Parted Ways”

February 18, 2010 by

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Middle East Quarterly Winter 2010, pp. 69-74 Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy (b. 1950) is one of South Asia’s leading nuclear physicists and perhaps Pakistan’s preeminent intellectual. Bearer of a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , he is chairman of the department of physics at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad where, as a high-energy physicist, he […]

Patriarchy and Caste System

February 18, 2010 by

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by Taimur Rahman From Raza Rumi’s blog As I have elaborated before, the Asiatic Mode of Production (AMP) in India is based on the caste system. The caste system in turn is based on the confinement of a particular people to a particular occupation. This requires the intense control of women’s sexuality because if castes […]

Morality isn’t the monopoly of any faith

February 17, 2010 by

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By Irfan Hussain Consider this demographic projection for the UK, and ponder its implications for a moment: within five years, the majority of babies will be born t o unmarried parents. However, before you put this down to yet another example of Western immorality, just remember that all these babies will have the same legal […]

Paradise Lost

February 10, 2010 by

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By Nusrat Pasha Europe drew wisdom from pragmatism, and eventually separated the Church from the State. Ataturk had to struggle ardently to emancipate Turkey from its theocratic past and lead it to a secular and secure future. Secularism, as some people misleadingly propose, does not at all imply being anti-God, anti-Religion or atheistic or even agnostic; it only […]