Columns by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

December 28, 2018

Tread with caution

When the year 2018 began, I wrote an article in these pages on US President Donald Trump’s controversial tweet about Pakistan. It is a mere coincidence that my last column of the year is also about Trump……

December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Like other parts of world, preparations to celebrate Christmas started in Pakistan with traditional zeal and enthusiasm….

December 14, 2018

A visit to Thar

It was an honour for me to be part of the group that accompanied Chief Justice Saqib Nisar to Tharparkar on Wednesday……

December 07, 2018

Days of promise

In order to mark its first 100 days, the PTI government issued a review report. The purpose was to highlight the targets achieved within this time period….

November 30, 2018

A step towards peace

Wednesday was most important day of my life as I witnessed the historic groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor……

September 28, 2018

Citizenship for refugees

During his recent visit to Karachi, Prime Minister Imran Khan was informed about street crimes in the city and the involvement of illegal immigrants in these offences.

September 21, 2018

Journey to peace

Every year, International Peace Day is celebrated on September 21 to raise awareness about the importance of peace and the negative impacts of war…..

Soon after Prime Minister Imran Khan constituted the Economic Advisory Council, a huge wave of criticism emerged on social media. 

September 07, 2018

United we stand

September 6 is no doubt an unforgettable day in our national history. To show solidarity with our brave soldiers, I also attended the ceremony held at the GHQ Rawalpindi to pay tribute to our martyrs…..

August 31, 2018

Our turn now

Our brotherly country Turkey is currently facing the worst economic crisis, mostly fuelled by international politics of revenge.

August 25, 2018

The Madina model

Muslims across the globe celebrated Eidul Azha with religious zeal and enthusiasm. Like every year, thousands of Pakistani citizens performed Hajj….

August 17, 2018

The first 100 days

All eyes are on Pakistan as PTI Chairman Imran Khan will be elected as the prime minister of Pakistan in today’s National Assembly session….

August 10, 2018

The power of the pen

Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, who belonged to the city of Athens, is credited as the founder of philosophy…..

August 03, 2018

A remarkable victory

While other political parties have been limited to regional areas, the PTI has emerged as the only political party to have achieved remarkable success throughout the country – from Karachi to Peshawar.

July 27, 2018

Our tumbling rupee

Our business community is currently facing considerable pressure as the US dollar has climbed to Rs131 in the open market. …

July 20, 2018

A series of follies

What happened with former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif is quite unfortunate for the entire political arena.

For a stable democratic society, the importance of a free and fair election cannot be denied….

July 07, 2018

Leadership matters

Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Justice and Development Party has once again won a new five-year term after securing absolute victory in the Turkish presidential elections….

June 29, 2018

A water emergency

The Rawal Dam is considered to be one of the major sources of drinking water for people residing in Islamabad and Rawalpindi…..

Eid is a festival of peace, love, brotherhood and equality. This year, we practically witnessed the positive impact of Eid in Afghanistan…

June 15, 2018

Donating blood

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated across the globe on June 14 annually. The purpose behind marking the day is to encourage voluntary blood donors and raise awareness about the need for regular blood donations for patients in need….

June 09, 2018

Societal harmony

June 8 is of much significance in the history of the US. Today, active participation of white and black Americans can be witnessed in every field of life. The people of the US even elected a black president.

Finally, all the constitutional requirements to merge the (now formerly) Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) with the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have been fulfilled successfully. ..

May 25, 2018

Tackling heatwaves

For the past many days, Karachi has once again been facing the worst kind of heatwave, and reportedly dozens of precious human lives have been lost so far.

May 18, 2018

Korean peace

It was undoubtedly a historic moment when last month a North Korean ruler entered South Korea for the first time – the two had been at war with each other since 1953..

May 11, 2018

One Pakistan

The new slogan ‘Do Nahi Aik Pakistan, Hum Sab ka Naya Pakistan’, which has been introduced by the PTI, has became the talk of the town after an impressive display of political power at the party’s rally at Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore.

The mysterious death of Pakistani-born Italian girl Sana Cheema has once again turned the world’s attention towards Pakistan…..

April 27, 2018

Crisis of humanity

Syria is considered one of the oldest civilisations of the world. Historians also connect ancient Syria with Hinduism. Syria was the first place, to record inscriptions of Rigveda in Sanskrit, which is said to have been first spoken in Syria….

April 18, 2018

A political shift

I was elected as a member of the National Assembly from the PML-N’s platform in 2013 under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. I had laid the foundation for the Pakistan Hindu Council in 2005 – to work for social welfare regardless of any political affiliations……

April 06, 2018

A leader forever

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto has the distinction of being the first elected prime minister of Pakistan. Regardless of the PPP’s present policies, Bhutto’s charismatic personality fascinates even after 39 years of his death…..

March 31, 2018

Honesty in history

The decision to announce a new medal – Tamgha-e-Azm – at the Pakistan Day parade on March 23 is no doubt a remarkable step to acknowledge the contributions of the security forces.

March 23, 2018

Our heroes

Every year, March 23 is celebrated as Pakistan Day. On March 23, 1940, the All India Muslim League, under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam, passed a resolution through which it demanded a separate Muslim-majority homeland….

March 16, 2018

Reviving PIA

For decades, PIA successfully competed with world-class airlines. However, the national flag carrier is, regrettably, losing its reputation day by day, both on the national and international levels. Negative reports regarding the airline are being unearthed every day…..

March 09, 2018

Press for progress

International Women’s Day is celebrated across the globe on March 8 annually to recognise the achievements of women. This day also provides an opportunity to salute the outstanding women playing dynamic roles in various fields of life. The annual theme of this year’s women’s day, ‘Press for Progress’, emphasises the importance of gender equality.

March 02, 2018

Triumph over evil

There are a vast number of religious festivals that are observed according to the Hindu lunar calendar. Holi is one such sacred event that is widely celebrated across the globe with gusto…..

February 23, 2018

Direct voting

Pakistan is one of those democratic countries where a bicameral parliamentary system has been adopted. A bicameral legislature empowers legislators to run the business of parliament in two separate houses….

February 16, 2018

History matters

History helps us understand our past and ultimately enables us to understand where we currently stand…

February 09, 2018

Positive politics

Maligning politics and politicians has unfortunately, become a fashion in our country. Every kind of negativity is linked with politicians….

February 02, 2018

Freedom for all

February 1 is celebrated as the National Freedom Day throughout the US to honour the great contribution of President Abraham Lincoln….

January 26, 2018

Our responsibility

The serial killer who raped and murdered seven-year-old Zainab has finally been arrested in Kasur. A person performing such horrific crimes is not even worthy to be called a human….

January 19, 2018

Today every Pakistani political leader actively participates in religious ceremonies of non-Muslims, such as Holi, Diwali and Christmas. Recently, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also attended the Hinglaj Prat Asthan ceremony of the Hindu community in Ghotki, Sindh…

January 05, 2018

Circles of influence

US President Donald Trump’s New Year tweet has disturbed the entire country due to the fact that he totally ignored Pakistan’s sacrifices made during the war against terror. All political leadership and schools of thought are rightly on one page to ask the government to review its US foreign policy….

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