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Shahrukh Nawaz Raja
Shahrukh Nawaz Raja

  • May 11, 2021

    Deepening democratic recession

    The annual ‘Freedom in the World’ report released by Freedom House makes for dismal reading for advocates of democracy. The organisation rates...

  • March 30, 2021

    Morality vs expediency

    Since ancient times, philosophers, theorists, and political scientists have pondered over the interplay between politics and morality.What...

  • February 12, 2021

    Law or the mob?

    The storming of the chambers and courtroom of the Islamabad High Court’s chief justice by lawyers this past Monday is the latest in a series of...

  • January 03, 2021

    Failure to launch

    Imran Khan’s admission that he and his party were unprepared for the rigours of governance in 2018 would not have left anyone – except those who...

  • November 27, 2020

    The rise and rise of Khadim Rizvi

    By most accounts, the gathering of mourners at Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s funeral was one of the biggest in Lahore’s history. The liberal...

  • October 29, 2020

    The enlightened coup

    This month marked 21 years since General Musharraf toppled the heavily-mandated Muslim League government led by an increasingly assertive and...

  • September 20, 2020

    No country for women

    You know you have hit rock-bottom when the responses from your country’s top leadership to a most heinous crime range from victim blaming to calls...

  • August 17, 2020

    Dictating discourse, banning books

    The writer works as a development practitioner for a local consultancy.On May 10, 1933 – in a revolting incident not witnessed in Europe since the...

  • July 25, 2020

    From rhetoric to reality

    The writer works as a development practitioner for a local consultancy.Two years into the installation of a new government and promises of a...

  • June 26, 2020

    On populism - Part II

    Globalisation, the 2008 financial crisis, wars in the Middle East, the ensuing migration to Europe, and soaring inequality are some of the major...