Unbending attitudes, increased roles of foreign elements and orchestrated sectarian tensions put our democratic journey under question
With no solution forthcoming over the current political impasse, there is a growing tendency to look to foreign organisations for a ray of hope. To be honest, seeking advice from diplomats and development agencies has always been a trait here.
When no local person manages to provide an answer and only muddles the situation more, we promptly place our microphone in front of foreigners.
Is this the right way to get out of this vortex of confusion?READ MORE
The prudent thing to do: Keep a low profile and then emerge when the time is right. The political banner of choice will be decided by the polls, naturally
There are staunch political supporters, there are those who never wear their political beliefs on their sleeves, retaining their party of preference close to their hearts and then there are the turncoats.
In reality, the third force has done more damage to our politics than anything else, conveniently changing sides or disappearing when the party they were once loyal to vociferously is voted out of power.READ MORE
One of the guys from that rainy night in 1988 now drives a BMW a garment magnate who has hit gold and platinum in a matter of a decade. Che is still his idol
Revolutionaries never fade away, they simply adapt!
It’s drizzling. The entire day has seen sporadic rain. Roads are submerged in knee-deep water, yet the erratic rainfall is hardly a deterrent for the avid young men who keep inscribing slogans of equality on the walls.
Posters to be plastered are stacked on a Yamaha motorcycle. Filterless Star cigarettes keep the rain-drenched shivers at bay for revolution, some pain needs to be tolerated.READ MORE
For several days after Eid, meat-based feasts will rule until one day we become fed-up and crave some daalbhat and deshi style mashed potato with chilies. By this time the blood pressure has hit the roof
“It’s that time of the year when the line, “apnigorunakhashi?” (Are you a goat or a cow?), becomes well-used in everyday conversation. Eid ul-Azha turns the whole country into an abattoir with meat-eating becoming the favourite pastime and the actual religious significance getting lost under the competition of animal buying and slaughtering.