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It was too outrageous an outburst for anyone to defend. So it is not surprising that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif distanced himself from his son-in-law’s hate speech on the floor of the National Assembly.

Zahid Hussain (Journalist & Writer)

The latest round of bilateral talks seems to have broken the ice and reopened a window of opportunity for Islamabad and Kabul to build an atmosphere of mutual trust and put mutual ties on a more stable footing.

Zahid Hussain (Journalist & Writer)

The controversial amendment in the election laws may have allowed Nawaz Sharif to retain the leadership of his party, but it has further dented democratic values.

Zahid Hussain (Journalist & Writer)

The government bulldozed the bill through, with a fractious opposition failing to block it despite its majority in the Senate.

Zahid Hussain (Journalist & Writer)

Defying all predictions, Nawaz Sharif is back in the country to appear before an accountability court. His return symbolises a defiant disposition. He appears determined to fight back to restore his honour.

Zahid Hussain (Journalist & Writer)

Despite having been stripped of his position he still holds sway over the government — the new prime minister is at his beck and call. With his brother at the helm in Punjab it appears to be business as usual.

Zahid Hussain (Journalist & Writer)

The news that has disturbed everyone in our neighbourhood is not about Donald Trump or the state of the world. It’s the passing away of our corner coffee shop.

Gautam Adhikari (Senior Fellow - Executive Editor)

Did the Civil War ever really end in America? Did Partition settle the national identity question in India? Or do they remain open wounds in the world’s largest two democracies?

Gautam Adhikari (Senior Fellow - Executive Editor)

What is eternal? Not a trivial question nor one that can be answered readily. A few days ago five young persons in a summer camp here had a conversation about it. They were playing Apples with Apples in which an adjective had to be paired with an apt noun. The players were three nine-year-olds and two teenage campers. One chosen adjective was ‘eternal’.

Gautam Adhikari (Senior Fellow - Executive Editor)

This little town on the northern tip of Cape Cod is known for its distinctive, some would say quirky, character. I say ‘little town’ because its off-season population is around 4,000. But it swells to 2,00,000 every summer when people from all over the world come to visit.

Gautam Adhikari (Senior Fellow - Executive Editor)

Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights, sang the late Jamaican reggae master Bob Marley. Would he sing with the same verve if he were around today? He probably would since he’d have star power. But for ordinary folk everywhere, standing up can be a risky move.

Gautam Adhikari (Senior Fellow - Executive Editor)

Last Monday, my wife and i went with friends to the Kennedy Center to watch ‘Come Together: A Celebration of John Lennon’. A star-sprinkled show, it understandably couldn’t cover the gamut of Lennon’s genius in one short evening. But, even as the tributes rolled out in speech and music, my mind floated every now and then to the world outside.

Gautam Adhikari (Senior Fellow - Executive Editor)

Last week, while US President Donald Trump entertained visiting China’s President Xi Jinping to dinner in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, Tomahawk missiles lit up fireworks in Syria and US media attention swivelled from China to Syria and Russia. Yet, that meeting in Mar-a-Lago was immensely significant for the prospective well-being of the world.

Gautam Adhikari (Senior Fellow - Executive Editor)

It is highly unlikely… that matters will go out of hand and spill over into a full scale conflict between the two Asian giants,

Gautam Adhikari (Senior Fellow - Executive Editor)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen on maintaining the trajectory of closer relations with the U.S. that has been a key element of Indian foreign policy under his administration as well as under the previous one. 

Gautam Adhikari (Senior Fellow - Executive Editor)

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