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10 All-time Best Self-improvement & Motivational Books
10 All-time Best Self-improvement & Motivational Books

Motivation is one of the most important drivers of creativity and action in one’s life; if you are motivated, any task looks achievable. When motivation is lacking, even molehill looks like a mountain. But how to get motivated when there are no triggers to motivate you to even come out of bed early in the…

Book Review: Wild Boar in the Cane Field  by Anniqua Rana
Book Review: Wild Boar in the Cane Field by Anniqua Rana

Although Pakistan is ranked third in the list of countries where English, not being a native language, is the most spoken, it is really ironic that the number of people writing fiction in English can be counted on fingers.

Relationship between Mughal Emperor and British Monarch
Relationship between Mughal Emperor and British Monarch

There was only one documented interaction between the British Empress Ellizebeth-1 and the Mughal King Akbar when the former sent a personal letter to the latter for providing security to the delegation visiting India in the summer of 1585 “to introduce the trade of marchandize of al nations whatsoever they can, by which meanes the…

Is Pakistan a Failed State?
Is Pakistan a Failed State?

In almost all branches of knowledge there are certain terms and concepts which confuse more than contributing anything worthwhile to the common understanding. In political science, failed state is one such concept which although studied for decades by numerous scholars, remains a contested concept vulnerable to different interpretations depending upon the context and the motive…

What is a Foreign Policy?How and by whom it is made and implemented?
What is a Foreign Policy?How and by whom it is made and implemented?

Improving the quality of life of its citizens is the prime objective of any state. Quality of life depends upon and consists of several things ranging from protection from external aggression, ensuring law and order, improving standards of living and creating harmony among different sections of the people. For this purpose, a state formulates several…

How to Divide History into Phases?
How to Divide History into Phases?

Everyone has his/her own way of dividing history into phases, depending upon the perspective used. An economist would divide the history in accordance with the dominant mode of production. On the other hand, a political scientist would divide it according to dominant mode of governance . I prefer to divide history according to the revolutionary…

Modern Public Administration-Issues and Challenges
Modern Public Administration-Issues and Challenges

A modern public administrator in any country has to grapple with multifarious issues and face multiple challenges which are in addition to the traditional challenges of delivering quality service in given time and with limited resources. I have identified seven such issues which you can remember in the form of an acronym-BAD STEP. This acronym…

Role of Westphalia (1648) in modern international relation system?
Role of Westphalia (1648) in modern international relation system?

Concluded in October 1648 among the European powers of the day except England, Poland, Russia and the Ottoman Empire, Peace of Westphalia is considered to be the foundation stone of the modern nation-states system. It not only brought to an end two wars namely the Eighty Years’ War between Spain and the Dutch and the…

Why State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Fail or Underperform?: Pakistan Railways: Challenges and Response
Why State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Fail or Underperform?: Pakistan Railways: Challenges and Response

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Can a meaningful comparison be made between Pakistan Railways and Indian Railways? It has become quite fashionable in Pakistan to compare every sector of the country with its respective Indian counterpart and start lamenting that every state institution in Pakistan is woefully deficient in terms of service delivery, profitability, efficiency, customer satisfaction etc., while everything…

Agricultural Policy for Pakistan
Agricultural Policy for Pakistan

Pakistan Muslim League will be completing its constitutionally mandated five-year term in the 2nd quarter of the current year.  Notwithstanding their better than average performance in the economic management of the country, it was a bleak period for the farmers of the country. No doubt, the manifesto of PML-N published during the election campaign 2013…

E-governance: Digitisation of Public Sector in Pakistan
E-governance: Digitisation of Public Sector in Pakistan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Digitisation of Public Sector in Pakistan Digital governance or digitisation of public sector by using technology to provide government services online is now one of the standard tools of statecraft even in the developing countries. There are some good reasons backed by evidence to believe that digital governance can and has resulted in better service…

Commercial Agriculture: Need and Benefits
Commercial Agriculture: Need and Benefits

A farmer is not a subsistence farmer by choice; it is his uneconomical landholding and lack of access to finance which are two major handicaps for him to produce for the market. However, we cannot increase the productivity of the agriculture sector if we do not develop it on commercial lines and integrate the small…