• Book of the week: How to Be a Dictator by Frank Dikötter0

    Sycophants and corpses abound in this look at eight of history’s most ruthless leaders For Dutch historian Frank Dikötter, the purpose of a dictator’s personality cult is clear. It is not to convince or persuade but rather to “sow confusion, to destroy common sense, to enforce obedience, to isolate individuals and crush their dignity”. And

  • Book review: The Wayward Daughter by Shradha Ghale0

    The Wayward Daughter is a compelling read that portrays a Kathmandu girl seeking out love, finding herself and her own life in her family’s journey through many trials and triumphs. By Neha Rayamajhi   19 August 2019 Shradha Ghale’s debut novel is one among many works of literature that pay homage to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Unlike

  • Fallen idol; The life and death of a Pakistani social-media star0

    Qandeel Baloch’s tragic story is evidence of both progress and its limits Print edition | Books and arts The Economist Jul 4th 2019 A Woman Like Her: The Short Life of Qandeel Baloch. By Sanam Maher. Bloomsbury; 336 pages; £16.99. IN EARLY 2017 the Herald, a leading English-language news magazine in Pakistan, conducted its annual

  • An Urdu Epic Puts India’s Partition into Historical Perspective0

    June 8, 2019 BOOK REVIEW Aditi Sriram In February, a Pakistan-based terror group claimed responsibility for killing 40 soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir. Both nuclear-armed nations responded with military force, while the world watched nervously. Flare-ups like these have formed an unending pattern of brinkmanship ever since the partition of British India after 1947. This is why Qurratulain Hyder’s epic novel,

  • Game Changer: Book Review1

    by Mohammad Ashraf Khwaja 7 June 2019 This book captures the journey of Shahid Afridi’s exceptional rise, his overnight and controversial fame, his weaknesses, strengths, team politics, tragedies, and most significant moments on the field, his future ambitions, political or otherwise and more importantly his shocking revelations which altogether had exposed various things on the

  • Book Review; The secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey and the Future of Secularism0

    by Zaboor Ahmad 20 May 2019 India and Turkey are the two leading examples of secular states in the non-secular world. Both are constitutionally secular as there is no official religion in them. However, it is different from the western conception of state-religion dichotomy. Indeed the state has acted as intrusive and regulating authority in


    by Muzamil Yaqoob 5 April 2019 At a time when Indian political scene is strained under the Right-wing populism, there is a great hue and cry around the next parliamentary elections. The performance of ruling dispensation is largely been debated and analysed on multiple parameters. The rising unemployment and jobless growth with mounting inflation are


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