Nadeem  Paracha

Nadeem Paracha

The evolution of mohajir consciousness

The evolution of mohajir consciousness

Saturday, 19 January 2019 | Nadeem Paracha

Was the Muttahida Qaumi Movement simply engineered by Gen Zia or was there more to its history? The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), once the most dominant political party in Karachi, is in complete disarray. At the moment there are three factions of the party vying for the Mohajir vote and...

Out of the big tent

Saturday, 20 October 2018 | Nadeem Paracha

Over the years, most big tent parties in Pakistan have begun to shrink in their appeal, alienating voters and leading to political cynicism and apathy Analysts often casually describe the ideological orientation of mainstream political parties. For example, in the US, the Democratic Party is seen to be a party of...

The evolution of Sassi

The evolution of Sassi

Saturday, 13 October 2018 | Nadeem Paracha

The Sassi-Punnu Sindhi folktale about a 12th century girl is one that has been evoked frequently. Its been through sociopolitical changes in Pakistan Some five years ago, a middle-aged Sindhi man, Dadu Baksh, who was employed by me as a driver, returned from his village in central Sindh, looking disturbed. I...

Supermen on stallions

Friday, 05 October 2018 | Nadeem Paracha

The concept of Nietzsche’s uber-man lives on in Pakistani political posters. The images of Pakistani leaders on white horses makes it clear that this tradition is very much alive A week or so ago, I happened to come across a rather intriguing poster. While driving back from work in the evening,...

Decoding the essence of populism

Thursday, 27 September 2018 | Nadeem Paracha

Populism is a dubious and disruptive disposition. Populist outfits struggle to formulate policies because they excel more as disruptive movements In the July 2017 issue of the New Statesman, British academic David Marquand writes that populism is not a doctrine or a governing philosophy, it is a disposition, a set of...

Alternative history, anyone?

Alternative history, anyone?

Friday, 21 September 2018 | Nadeem Paracha

What would have happened if after the 1970 election, Sheikh Mujeebur Rehman’s Awami League had formed a majority Government at the Centre? Alternative History (AH) is a popular fiction genre of speculative history where the story plots are based on ‘what if’ scenarios during certain important points of history. Famous AH...

The rise of the militant Barelvi

The rise of the militant Barelvi

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 | Nadeem Paracha

The Sunni Barelvi sub-sect narrative has been moulded by changing state narratives but has also met resistance in Pakistan Over the years, a large percentage of analysis who penned on the issue of religious radicalisation in Pakistan, have almost squarely concentrated on the proliferation of the more belligerent strands of the...

General concern in Pakistan

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 | Nadeem Paracha

Does military influence deter the maturing of political institutions or propel the country to take steps that politicians refuse toij A look back into history... Being an Army chief in Pakistan has always meant being more than just a senior General in charge of a military. Almost 33 years out of...

State Editions

Guv reviews State, Central projects in Puri

20 January 2019 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Odisha holds investors’ meet in Gujarat

20 January 2019 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Elephant injures 5 in Garhwa

20 January 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Palamu holds impressive sacred soil function

20 January 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Print Media team wins Tata Steel Media Cup

20 January 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

DPS, Ranchi holds Annual Day-ASIMIT

20 January 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Sunday Edition

Globe Trotting

20 January 2019 | Agencies | Sunday Pioneer

Sharif not completely well, says special medical board

20 January 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Bangladesh PM Hasina says Govt will work for all

20 January 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer