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Pakistan Political Economy- Where are the Actions for Leap frogging?

The Pakistan politico-economic strategy, like many developing countries is based on the logic of leap frogging certain stages of development. Channeling new information and hardware technologies, flow of international capital and goods, liberalizing trade, massive infrastructure and private sector investment along with parallel human resource development are essential components of this strategy. It is based on the idea that developing countries can learn, improvise and refashion best practices looking at the experiences of developed countries thus avoiding the mistakes and time constraints that some developed countries faced during their process of development. The strategy also aims at integrating social goals

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Barbarism is Not a Tactical or Strategic Escalation Ladder

“To know only one thing well is to have a barbaric mind: civilization implies the graceful relation of all varieties of experience to a central human system of thought.” ― Robert Graves It is time to deal with the issue of mutilations separately from the overall gambit of military conflict. The Army carried out a massive counter assault using heavy mortar fire on Pakistani posts along the Line of Control, as “heavy retribution” for the beheading of an Indian soldier. In the past three weeks, the Pakistan Army has mutilated bodies of two of India’s soldiers. The Indian Army’s Northern

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The trip to Dharamsala- Ancient but still Awesomely Alive

The trip to Dharamsala was certainly one I would never forget. It was a mixed bag of emotions. I was excited yet fearful of a trip to a place I had never been before. The hours it took to convince friends to come along, the essential items that were supposed to be packed, the music that was supposed to be heard each and everything was a task in itself. 30.9.2016 The day to the trip had finally come. I woke up in the morning, went for my walk, came back and packed my bag for the trip ahead. Due to

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The Process of CPEC – Confidence, Corruption, Elections, China

PM Nawaz Sharif was forced to resign one year before his stipulated five- year term in light of the Supreme Court verdict indicting him for disproportionate foreign assets revealed as part of the Panama Papers Expose. Articles 62 & 63 of the Pakistani Constitution[i] have been invoked which were inserted at the time of President Zia-ul-Haq. This article argues that his ouster has four dimensions. The first is the confidence across various stakeholders of the Pakistani State. The Military is confident after Zarb-e-Azb & Radd-ul-Fasaad that the worst of internal terrorism is behind them notwithstanding the fact that the TTP and

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Indian Narrative in International Politics

What is soft power and how relevant is it? Soft power is the ability to influence perceptions of your own country in a person’s mind, who is not aware of the various aspects of your national life. It is a modern approach in the information age to influence the undecided and the neutrals. While beneficial to sectors like tourism, arts and culture, Soft power is essentially a citizen concept. The govt can invest, organize and encourage but it cannot direct and interfere in the exercise of soft power. True soft power lies in the standards and discourse that citizens and

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The wonderful world of Cartoons

Cartoons have always been a source of wonder & introspection for me. Cartoons have a wider role than being just a source of comic relief. There are instances where they have become forums for people to express their thoughts. I for one have always enjoyed the cartoons of RK Laxman. His satire on Indian polity and society never fails to amaze me, in particular the Common Man. For over a century and a half, this cartoon has captured the aspirations, thoughts and opinions of the people, be it during the Indira Gandhi emergency period of 1975 or the Corruption tainted Congress Govt of

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The Dark Side Of Cyberworld

Cyberworld! The word is synonymous with a plethora of options that previously thought impossible are now possible. Though cyber options have eased our lives to a great extent, there are some grim realities associated with it. With people adopting the cyber life in great numbers, the hold on real life is slowly slipping away. When I was reading today’s Times of India newspaper, I was shocked to learn of a few cases wherein young adolescents barely in their teens wanted to take their own lives when their parents told them to shut down their smartphones and adopt other healthy activities.

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Terrorism and Radicalization- Different Twins

The essence of terrorism is to create terror through violence. It is aimed at employing violence in an unconstitutional manner without the checks and balances of a social contract. It is to employ arbitrary force on the victim to create fear in the minds of the others. Terrorism has goals. While radicalization may lead to terrorism, it is not terrorism per se. For something to be classified as terrorism actions have to be proved and not merely ideas. Ideas by themselves do not harm people. It is the implementation of certain ideas in practical form that leads to terrorism. To

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Shutu- The butt of mockery in “A Death in the Gunj”

Konkona Sen Sharma’s, a highly challenging personality has acted in various films and has shown her versatility in differerent roles and when it comes to the very first directorial venture, she is no exception and has proved the entire world of cinema like what hr mom has once done in 1981 with the release of 36 Chowringee Lane. In the tragic movie “A death in the Gunj”, set in the backdrop of the winters of 1979 in McCluskieganj, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), is based on her father’s short story. Sen Sharma has depicted the protagonist Shutu’s character in a pensive

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Bunty & Babli, the story of Bihar

“Aisa koi saga nahi, jisko humne thaga nahi”. The Bunty & Babli mandate of Bihar politics is over. Like the movie, Bunty (Read: Laloo) conned Babli (Nitish) in creating a new alliance. It was dubbed as Mahagathbandhan against communal politics. What Bunty did not decipher is, this is 2017 and the government is hard selling women empowerment. So Babli did a double con and left Bunty out in the cold. “Sahi aur galat mein chun na asaan hota hai, par do galat mein se ek sahi ko chun na namumkin hai”. This is the sad state of affairs we are

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