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Cry, My Beloved Country!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Aug 21st, 2014 • Category: Politics

Public disillusionment with Pakistan’s nascent democracy has rarely run higher than it is at the moment.  The PMLN ruling leadership has been unable, in the last 14 months (just as its predecessor, the Zardari PPP, was unable in its 5 year-long term) to act even in areas where there has been widespread agreement that measures [...]



The Wind that Shakes the Barley!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Aug 15th, 2014 • Category: Politics

I find it hard to avoid the conclusion that the Pakistan of August 2014 is well on its way toward a decisive journey towards real democracy – or at least, a brave attempt is in the wind to initiate a determined and resolute process toward that cherished national goal.  The recent six-year so-called democratic experience [...]



Kindly Leave The Stage NOW!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Aug 7th, 2014 • Category: Politics

A dear life-long friend of mine who is closely related to a family of the highest echelons of political and economic power in Punjab told me a couple of weeks ago that the present Punjab Chief Minister personally came to see the “Elder” in his family and told him that he (the CM) did not [...]



Where Narendra Modi Erred on Monday, 27th of May!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Jun 5th, 2014 • Category: Politics

One of the most eminent political philosophers of all times and the architect of the Russian Revolution, Lenin, once wrote: “There are decades when nothing happens; and then there are weeks where decades happen.” Indeed, Modi’s ascendancy to political power in India has been one of those weeks where “decades happen.” The event, in itself, [...]



Ab ki baar, Modi Sarkar!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • May 24th, 2014 • Category: Politics

The word “sarkar” in the BJP election slogan which is the title of this article has two meanings in the Hindi language: 1) it is a title of respect for someone revered for his position/power and 2) it also means the “government”. Hence, one translation in English of this heading is: “this time, (your government) [...]



Fear not Modi - Fear Yourselves!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • May 16th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

This is an emotional, intellectual and philosophical reflection on the state of the Indian elections – on the clear possibility that Nardendra Modi will be the next Indian Prime Minister.  And my reflection is a positive one, rather than pessimistic.  As the BJP’s popular slogan goes, “Aap ki baar, Modi Sarkar.”
I am fully aware that [...]



For the PM’s Eyes Only!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Apr 9th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Prime Minister: This is a brief top-secret report for your eyes only on the state of affairs on the Pakistani streets, examining how common citizens are thinking, feeling and questioning the prevailing political discourse as well as viewing their own existence in the present-day socio-economic environment within political ground realities in the country.
But first of [...]



Prisoners of their Mindsets

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Dec 12th, 2013 • Category: Politics

An ancient Yiddish saying goes as follows: “The fools would have been amusing, if they had not been our fools.”
And some unknown wise person said: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”
It is obvious that today’s Pakistan suffers from the unmitigated political foolishness (the fools would have been amusing, [...]



Will Sheikh Rashid be the next Prime Minister?

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Dec 1st, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

We have the choice to try for a new world every day, to tell what we know of the truth every day, to take small actions every day.”
- A.L. Kennedy
“Write us a chapter to be proud of.”
- Bono
This article is based on a purely hypothetical scenario although politically and conceptually compatible with fundamental norms of [...]



Living in Coexistence with India!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Oct 31st, 2013 • Category: Politics

An Important Note: I urge the Pakistani foreign policy establishment in Islamabad to study/review this article as the basis of a paradigm shift in the PML-N leadership approach to Indo-Pak relations rather than consider it a brusque criticism of Nawaz Sharif’s government. The fact of the matter is that historically India’s political-military posture towards Pakistan [...]