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Arab cultural narcissism By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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PETRO-GIANT countries of the Arab world may not be terribly well known for perspicacious scholarship or prowess in scientific research but their one-upmanship knows...

Classless education up ahead? By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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IT is official now: Cambridge O-A levels and International Baccalaureate will not be touched by the PTI’s Single National Curriculum (SNC). This is fantastic...

Pak-India education compared By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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ON July 29, Narendra Modi’s government unveiled what it calls a groundbreaking new national education policy (NEP 2020). The 65-page document’s wide range —...

Education: PTI’s plan exposed By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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BE prepared, Pakistan! Imran Khan’s government is poised to inflict damage upon this country’s education system in a manner never seen before. Its so-called...

Don’t tear down statues By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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WINSTON Churchill was a terrible man. He authorised use of chemical weapons against Afghans and Kurds, called China “a barbaric nation”, spoke of the...

Corona — our debt to Darwin By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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CHARLES Darwin is a name Pakistanis are taught to hate. School teachers and university professors tasked with teaching his evolutionary theory usually skip the...

What when a woman dies? By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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THE powerful loudspeakers of my neighbourhood mosque have just announced a death. The introductory words never change: “Hazraat, aik zaroori ailaan sunyeh” (respectable sirs,...

Today, I am proudly Iranian By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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A BABOON-faced thug with hair dyed orange threatens — and then repeats his threat — to destroy the world’s precious architectural heritage. He is...

Hooligans in high professions By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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A GOONDA (hooligan) is usually imagined as a crude, violent, and poorly educated man. A smartly dressed black-coated young man boasting a law degree...

Abdus Salam in China By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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PUBLIC interest in Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s legendary theoretical physicist, has surged with the worldwide release of Salam, The First ****** Nobel Laureate, a Netflix...