Dr S. M. Rahman

  • TIt was interesting to read General Aslam Beg’s article, entitled Say No To It, in which he described the conduct of army generals who imposed military rule; those who directly intervened but did not takeover, and those who allowed democracy to follow its due course. In this context, he ...

    Read More
  • TThe judiciary is considered a vital pillar of national strength. Justice is the fulcrum that keeps people contended and ensures the respectful image of any society. Pakistans bleak period of military rule from General Ayub Khan to General Pervez Musharraf is a saga of utter degradation of the apex ...

    Read More
  • TGeorge Bush, under the evil influence of the neocons, had committed a great mistake by invading Iraq on contrived lies, which is outside the pale of civilised norms and values. He ended up tarnishing the image of the US. On the contrary, Obama appeared on the scene as a breeze of fresh air and his ...

    Read More
  • TThe US, viewed dispassionately, was considered a beacon of hope for the oppressed world. Its great leaders, like Abraham Lincoln were people-oriented statesmen whose relentless struggle to eliminate the menace of racial discrimination is indeed quite laudable. Next was the black leader, Martin ...

    Read More
  • TThe Muslims of the subcontinent, before the creation of Pakistan, were in a state of quandary how to regain their dignity, which they had lost when the British came to India under cover of trade through East India Company, but with the covert design of annexing it. The vast territory with its ...

    Read More
  • TBradley, a well known Shakespearian critic, has propounded the concept of tragic trait a personality predisposition to explain why the great heroes in Shakespeares tragedies like Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear face tragic ends, while the fate is different in comedies such as As you like it. ...

    Read More
  • TThomas Hardy, a Victorian novelist known for his pessimistic orientation to life in one of his novels Mayor of Casterbridge, makes an assertion: Happiness is but an occasional episode in the general drama of pain. While it may be contested as an exaggerated perception of reality, it holds, ...

    Read More
  • TThe internet has become a vehicle to fan preposterous propaganda by the agencies in India, in order to promote 'Hindutva sensibility to raise scare and trepidation among the Hindus that Pakistan in collusion with Bangladesh and Indian Muslim are now planning for a second partition of the ...

    Read More
  • TThe great national trauma of December 16, 1971, when Pakistan got dismembered and one half of its beautiful territory fell apart, cannot easily be obliterated from the collective memory of the nation. That part is now Bangladesh. Certainly, this was a successful manoeuvre of our eastern neighbour, ...

    Read More
  • TFranklin D Roosevelt made a very profound statement in 1938. He said: "You cannot organise civilisation around the core of militarism and at the same time expect reason to control human destiny." This wisdom is lost on the Americans and there lies the reason why the world is turned into an arena ...

    Read More
  • TThe glory of a great power has a propensity to diminish, if its leader loses the quintessential value that sets the direction of history, which according to Richard Nixon requires a great vision, one that inspires the leader and enables him to inspire the nation. People both love the great leader ...

    Read More
  • TTo say that USA was not involved in the regime change in Iran, and that it pursued a policy of total non-interference in its internal affairs and maintain a complete neutrality with respect to the outcome of the result of the elections, is either being too nave in accepting the contrived versions ...

    Read More
  • TWars are hardly the remedies...The deliverance of justice and dignity to the people is the anti-dote to terrorism - religious or otherwise. It is indeed a miracle of the 21st century that a very formidable Islamic Resistance Force through a 'divine will' has emerged to defeat the two formidable ...

    Read More
  • TObama is an eloquent orator, possessing the communicative skill, where rhetoric and passion are finely blended with persuasive power. For establishing rapport, with otherwise disenchanted and even hostile audience, it is first necessary to 'agree' with the audience on issues, which are least ...

    Read More
  • THuman miseries mount, when war is waged both for the predators as well as the victims. Israel, the chronic warmonger, and the Palestinians on the receiving end, are pathetic sufferers of 'economic malaise' as the end result, what war brings into its wake. It is ironic that on April 8, 2003, Israeli ...

    Read More
  • THistory testifies that great leaders, who leave behind 'good image', do not indulge in hyperbolas and clichs, which though pleasing to ears, do not very often, translate into reality. Soft words, and soft power are the determinants of credibility, which promote trust among nations, and a superpower ...

    Read More
  • TAsian nations after a long stupor, under the spell of western preponderance, are no longer in the backwaters of history. It can be borne by the fact that the new democratic team, which is at the helm of power in USA is quite cognisant of the new power dynamics emerging in the world in which Asia ...

    Read More
  • TIn the dialectics of 'absolute power' pitted against the popular will, the victory, after decades of Pakistan's existence clearly points towards limits that public representatives can have in flouting the 'mandate', they achieve through 'juicy slogans' and then forget all norms of democracy and ...

    Read More
  • TIt is a prevalent joke that diplomats are nice people, hired to tell lies abroad, particularly in the countries they serve as Ambassador. It typically fits William B. Milan, who has served as Ambassador to Pakistan and Bangladesh. He is now senior policy scholar at the Woodrow William Centre in ...

    Read More
  • TIt is often said that fish is the last creature to know about the reality of water as it remains deeply immersed into it and very often the situation is similar for a people of a nation to perceive political realities objectively, as they take things for granted like the air one breathes. 'Business ...

    Read More
  • TPlanting of Israel in the middle of the Arab countries metaphorically speaking is a dagger in the heart of the Muslim World. It was shrewdly manipulated by the West so that it serves as a constant threat and thereby counter the Muslim countries in a manner that they don't emerge as a viable force ...

    Read More
  • THistorical amnesia appears to be the single most determinant of USA's dwindling 'image', particularly in countries who have gone through the humiliation of being ruled by the colonial powers, be it Great Britain, France, Germany, Portugal and the over-stretched Empire of the former Soviet Union. ...

    Read More
  • TWhat a relief January 20 of the current New Year 2009, will be remembered as a day of deliverance and delight. Not only the citizens of USA but the humanity at large has expressed President George Bush a farewell, undisguised with a sense of disgust and condemnation. The way he turned the high ...

    Read More
  • TPresident Musharraf doffed his uniform reluctantly and 'democracy', though battered, demoralised and rendered fragile under recurrent martial laws did make its appearance on the political horizon only to give a false hope of Pakistan's transformation into a stable political order after February 18, ...

    Read More
  • TGeorge W. Bush was humiliated to a magnitude, which no act could achieve. What the shoes did of a young journalist in Iraq, who hurled successively a pair, one Bush ducked and the other one hit the US national flag. Though a symbolic act, Bush will go down in history as the vanquished and most ...

    Read More
  • TIndia has undergone a psychological transformation and is getting awfully boisterous as it rubs shoulders with superpowers, and in the present Post-Cold-War context, USA indeed is a hyper-power. India has been elevated to be its strategic partner. The latent purpose is to augment its clout in both, ...

    Read More
  • TThe world was not designed by the creator to be a monolithic entity - one culture, one faith, one civilisation. In that case, how dull, colourless and monotonous that world would be Variety and diversity are the imaginative ingredients that the planet called 'Earth' is endowed with. It is the ...

    Read More
  • TIqbal was a poet-philosopher of a rare calibre and his thoughts and ideas promoted universal humanism and could guide the destiny of Pakistan. He was convinced that nothing short of homeland for the Muslims would resolve the malady that afflicted the subcontinent, as perceived by Sir Syed Ahmad ...

    Read More
  • TThe 1648 Treaty of Westphalia was a remarkable achievement for humanity as it was instrumental in eliminating the scourge of religious warfare, which had prevailed all through from 1511 to 1648, making the European civilisation as of it were an arena of religious bigotry, intolerance and outright ...

    Read More
  • THillary Clinton has a pulse over the problems that the 'Global Village' faces - an outstanding leader by any reckoning. However, in her defeat, she is as magnificent as she could be as the nominee to the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. She would have been the first American woman ...

    Read More