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Three Poisons of Sindh


Before I knew it, summer had disappeared and in a flash the sceneries of Northern Sindh, Tharparkar and the Indus Basin were a receding memory.  I drank the water, I survived – never mind that it had effluent.  I was resolved to never buy again or cut any wadera kid any slack thinking they’ll change the system and run feminist ... Read More »

Intellectual Atrophy of Two Karachi Generations

Ibrahim Hyderi

When some of my students started signing up for jobs at Phillip Morris, Pfizer and Citibank, I was a little concerned.  Had we taught them the technicalities of the English legal system so as to enable them to live the yuppy dream, enjoy the fruits of neo-liberalism, get a big paycheck, and buy their coffee at Gloria Jean?  Students want ... Read More »

Legal Diaries: Good Judges and Bad Attitudes


How often do you hear Pakistanis say: what’s the point of laws, they’re hardly enforced?  That’s the perception.  Laws exist on paper.  Rights are violated on the street. And courts are dysfunctional, delays inordinate, judges may be purchased, and only the privileged get their day — all true allegations. But the devil’s (advocate) is in the details.  Spend a week ... Read More »

What to expect (and not to expect) from May 11th


In 1999, I won my first and last elections, and promptly lost faith in the democratic process. The elections in question were for the student council in my school, the CAS. Unlike most other schools, the council wasn’t chosen by the teachers based on who had the best scores/tutta-lifting abilities, but rather a relatively diverse set of students were nominated ... Read More »