Stories published in September, 2015

Why is Aylan Kurdi’s tragic death satire worthy, Charlie Hebdo?

Writers, journalists, thinkers, authors, poets, the blessed few in the seven billion and counting, are passionate about their opinions. They have commented on the society, its underbelly and the universe that surrounds it, with the global media as their audience. Needless to say, they have been persecuted for it, killed for it, awarded for it, famed for it, but most importantly misunderstood for it, in their passionate zeal and zest to be heard, they have at times crossed all boundaries of right and wrong. Earlier this year, there was an attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris; it was a barbaric and ...

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Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic: The old lions still roar

As expected, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the US Open final in four sets. I wasn’t surprised. However, what astonished me was when Croatian Marin Cilic and Japanese Kei Nishikori made it to the final of the same tournament in 2014. The former easily won in a three-setter, but before that, eight US Open titles were won by one of the big four (Djokovic, Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal) in the last nine years. In 2009, Juan Martin del Potro beat Federer in an amazing five-setter to show a glimpse of hope that the dominancy of tennis’s four prodigal ...

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Perils of over adulation

Despite being someone who considers himself a strong critic of Pakistan’s military, I do admire General Raheel Sharif and for good reason; he’s finally done what should have been done a long time ago. For years, the issue of militants had been in the spotlight, and despite their openly brazen acts, various governments in succession were unable to counter the menace effectively. The lack of will was astounding, but given the weak public support, due to obfuscating narrative which actually presented the Taliban as a ‘reaction’, was perhaps understandable. Moreover, it should also be remembered that any action against the militants actually required ...

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Banning meat and taking India back to medieval times. Well done, Modi!

Many said that Modi should not be judged without being given a chance and that proof of the pudding is in the eating. Indians have slowly begun to realise that the pudding they picked up a year and half ago is proving to be of a terribly low quality. It tastes bitter. A year and a half into power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become a great embarrassment to the many Indians who voted for him. He possesses a historic mandate in his hands; the BJP, along with its allies, hold more than 300 seats in the Indian parliament. Modi has made ...

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Hero: When some remakes are better left unmade

Hero (2015) is a remake of the original Hero, released in 1983, which starred Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri. This latest rendition of new comers, romance and action, along with Salman Khan’s singing stints, is disappointing, to say the least. Sunil Shetty may have been the action hero of his time, but his daughter, Athiya Shetty needs a couple of more films under her name before walking on the path of stardom. It was evident that she was having difficulty delivering her dialogues, as they felt unnatural and abrupt. However, this might just be Sooraj Pancholi’s big break in the field of show business as he blended in with his ...

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Are British Pakistanis uncivil and lacking basic common courtesy?

According to a leaked email by Paul Sabapathy CBE, the former Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, the British Pakistani community must be taught basic ‘common courtesy and civility’, after he attended the August 14th celebration in Birmingham. His comments caused uproar amongst the British Pakistani community, who demanded an apology from him, which he promptly offered, followed by a hasty resignation after serving eight years in this post.  He was the first member of the Asian community who held a prestigious post. At the event celebrating independence, he was apparently dealt in a manner which was unbecoming and disrespectful after which he vented in ...

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Who is responsible for the crane that fell in Makkah?

On Friday, a huge construction crane crashed into Makkah’s Grand Mosque due to the stormy weather. Unfortunately, 107 people lost their lives in this catastrophe and numerous are still injured, thus fighting for their lives. 47 among them were Pakistani pilgrims. The civil defence authority claimed that the emergency teams were sent to the scene, after the crane fell at the Grand Mosque. An hour before this incident, pictures of heavy rain in Makkah were circulating on social media; the authorities blamed the storm for this tragedy. Meanwhile in #Mecca pic.twitter.com/5x57yPkz7U — Malice (@malicemagic) September 10, 2015 Heavy rain with strong wind in #Mecca. — asadh shaheed ...

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Why Pakistan should focus on Iran’s CPEC entry rather than fighting India

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that trading blocks and economic alliances rather than geo-political rivalries and deadlocks are the key ingredients of success in the modern-day world. Gone are the days when building military might and muscle would enhance the prestige of nations or make them stand head and shoulders above the rest. The evolution of European Economic Community (EEC) into a prosperous European Union (EU) and the transformation of South East Asian economies into a formidable Asian Tigers unit only go to show that economics trump over politics. Without digressing much, Pakistan’s recent offer to Iran to join the China-Pakistan Economic ...

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What a perfect Pakistan Super League could be like

Pakistan Super League (PSL) gets rolling in February next year. PSL promises to be a great Pakistani sporting spectacle, with competitive cricket and the entire sixes-for-fun (T20) aura. However, one may think that Qatar’s Doha is not the ideal venue for PSL, due to it’bs lack of knowledge on cricket. PSL filling our stadia in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar would have been fascinating indeed. However, our misleading global image prevents the likes of Warners and Gayles from touring Pakistan. Keeping reality in sight, which includes the unavailability of grounds in UAE in February, we would have to be content with Qatar for starters. ...

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Manto: A legend untold

You walk into the cinema to learn about the crests and troughs of the life of a legendary and notoriously controversial writer and you come out somehow transformed, armed with the knowledge of what it means to be human, what it feels like to be helpless when you’re at odds, at war with the world. Manto looks unsparingly at a fragile and insecure man who dared to pen his inner most secrets and desires, passions and emotions, and his need to find an outlet to unleash his inner conflagration, the outrageous fire, to confront and to go at war with ...

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