November, 2014

  • 4 November

    America’s Emerging Minority Power

    The Sapient Party is a welcome addition to the diversity of American democracy. The party’s rise is a manifestation of growing frustration of minorities and communities of color with the Republicans and Democratic parties' political bureaucracy which offers little political space to the ethnic minorities.

July, 2014

  • 15 July

    Malala: The Journalistic Ethics of Source Well-being

    Malala’s security was not an issue as long as the poor child served the editorial interests of the elite media outlets.

March, 2014

  • 2 March

    India’s Forgotten Cotton-picking Children

    ‘Almost half a million – mostly dalit and adivasi – Indian children are working to produce cottonseed. Around 200,000 of them are below 14 years. This is one of the shocking results of the new study “Cotton’s Forgotten Children” by India’s long-term expert on the issue, Dr Davuluri Venkateswarlu.’

February, 2014

  • 9 February

    Inside the Pashtun Mindset

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Pashtun teenage women education campaigner, continues to receive honors since being attacked by the Taliban in her hometown of Swat last year. This week, Britain’s prominent contemporary portraitist Jonathan Yeo unveiled a portrait of Malala at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. Days before that she opened a 188 million pound library in Birmingham, a city where she …

  • 2 February

    Reporting from Hell: The Story of Pakistani Journalism

    Media in Pakistan entered 2014 under the old threat to journalists’ lives. Caught in bloody crossfire between blind state power and extremist terror, journalism has always been a tightrope walk in Pakistan. Media by default is part of this war for being the sole platform to showcase the bloody drama in newspaper columns and on the airwaves.   Last year …

January, 2014

  • 31 January

    Deconstructing Patriotism

    It doesn’t take long for some sort of patriotism to escalate into a jingoism of sorts.

  • 14 January

    Know the Risks Downgrading Your Organization’s Value

    Organizations that support the culture of short-term compensation tend to induce excessive risk-taking.

December, 2013

  • 20 December

    Pakistan’s ‘Mullah Radio’ And The ‘Terror Game’

    “Congratulations! you have the honor now”, a sarcastic friend from Waziristan told me in the aftermath of the newly selected chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP — the South Asian nation’s largest terrorist network), Mullah Fazlullah’s announcement to have Dir (a mountainous northwestern region in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan’s Kunar province) as the new headquarters of the TTP. According …

September, 2013

  • 29 September

    15 Days in Taliban’s Captivity

      Ali Khan, 42, is probably the only taxi (cab) driver in the Serene Swat Valley who has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. The father of three, Khan had been a truck driver in Saudi Arabia too for a few years. He was one of those few people who did not leave Swat when the Pakistan army launched an …

  • 22 September

    Pakistan: And Extremism Spread, Not That Silently!

      Film: Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) Genre: Drama Written and directed by Sabiha Sumar This film is set in a Pakistani village, which is shown as a microcosm of the pangs of separation that Sikh families had to bear when India was divided in 1947 to create Pakistan as a separate Muslim country in South Asia. This is also the …