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Qaisar Abbas

Chavez is dead, not his legacy!

Coming from a poor family, Chavez ascended to the highest position in his country through elections and his charm as a charismatic leader who always rejected status quo and embraced the doctrine of social change for transforming the life of his masses in all sectors. Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died last week after combating cancer…

The enduring saga of Devdas in Pakistan!

The most devastating effect of the Devdas syndrome lies in contaminating the society with the dangerous virus of self-destruction and pessimism. This attitude has deeply permeated the psyche of several generations in the subcontinent born before or after the partition. The emotional and pessimistic attitude of these generations, who remain aloof from their social realities,…

Modern Day Colony in South Asia

India and Pakistan have a choice of accepting international intervention or come to a practical solution of the Kashmir dispute through a mutually negotiated agreement that also involves Kashmiris. Very few people know that there is a modern-day colony occupied by three nuclear powers right there in our neck of the woods. Not only the…

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Legacy My ancestors, with their memories, dreams, journeys and enchanting tales adorn my walls at home.   Yet I come from another era, where dreams are shattered than conceived, where promises are broken than kept, where people live and breathe in their own sagas of long gone fantasies.   I come from a village whose…

Roots of Fundamentalism

The textbooks being used in Madrassas were originally written in Arabic centuries ago. The books on philosophy and logic were written in thirteen and fourteen centuries. Books on health and medicine, written in the eleventh century, are still considered relevant and books on religion were written between eleventh and seventeenth centuries. Early schooling builds basic…

Three cheers for Obama and status quo!

Barack Obama is a one lucky guy who happens to be a presidential candidate at a historical juncture when America is transforming fast demographically from mostly a white nation to a more diverse country where women, Hispanics, African Americans and Asians are able to determine the outcome of national elections. For the first time in…