Since independence, Pakistanis have been told that their country is a "citadel of Islam," that its destiny is to be an Islamic state and its army is "the sword of Islam." Advocates of modern, secular values, even pluralism, are denigrated as "enemies of the ideology of Pakistan." Pakistan's establishment, led by its military, also seeks parity with India, not only in the legal sense of sovereign equality between nations but in military and political terms. This ideological milieu has helped religious-political groups exercise greater influence on national discourse than is justified and led to the outgrowth of jihadi groups, one more extreme than the other.
As these BRICS establish their bank in Shanghai -- the only noticeable outcome of the summit -- they'd be wise to heed the market needs and opportunities of a silver economy.
We know that at least 620 million people still defecate in the open and do not have access to sanitation services, resulting in serious economic and health consequences, and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children.
I've been thinking about this for some time, and I have decided to put down my thoughts on what I personally consider to be the steps we need to take as a world towards a long term solution to these issues of sexually based violence.
While the problems that flow from the mining and burning of coal are increasingly well known, the history of coal shipping accidents is less well documented.
Numerous thrillers and suspense writings titillate us by hopping from country to country -- a la James Bond. But let's take a look at some successful examples of exotic suspense written by people who live where they write -- natives or expats.
The 1947 Partition Archive gathers crowd-sourced oral history recordings through an online platform. The younger generation is being empowered to harness widely available communications technology to interview their elders.
In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.
India was dealt a blow in May when a World Health Organization (WHO) study assessing air pollution in cities ranked New Delhi below Beijing. The study said that New Delhi has "the world's worst air quality."
For me, seeing a person in an image makes it more memorable because it tells a greater story than a landscape ever could. It also adds cultural reference.