Category: Opinion

What Pakistan should do in Afghanistan?

By Pervez Hoodbhoy Islamabad: Many Pakistanis living and working in Kabul say they feel a palpable hostility towards them once their nationality becomes known. Some occasionally pretend to be Indians, which brings more acceptability. If this anecdotal evidence indicates an actual truth, then it is worrisome. In principle Afghans should […]

Narco-economics: future Afghan economy?

By Carol Mann Blood minerals, hitherto associated mainly with African countries and especially with the Democratic Republic of Congo are about to spread eastwards in the direction of Afghanistan. The UN has just revealed staggering figures. Despite promises to the contrary, in one year, the production of Afghan heroin has […]

New World Development Report Repackages Old Ideas

By Kanya D’Almeida WASHINGTON, Apr 11 (IPS) – With over 1.5 billion people living in countries blighted by incessant or recurring violence, the World Bank’s annual World Development Report (WDR), with this year’s focus on how conflict derails development, was anxiously received Monday by scores of development agencies, governments and […]

Of integrity and integrated corruption

By Prabhat Shunglu New Delhi: “I come from a poor family. The only asset I possess is integrity.” This was the Chief Justice of India (CJI) S H Kapadia in his reply to congratulatory letter sent by former well-known judge V R Krishna Iyer on his appointment as CJI. So, […]

Walk Like an Egyptian

By Prabhat Shunglu New Delhi: Forty days before anti-Mubarak slogans rented the air at Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 25, India’s Supreme Court passed a stricture against a Cabinet Minister in the ruling UPA government. The court slammed Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh for abusing his power as Maharashtra Chief Minister by […]