About: Abubakr Farrukh

Bio: My focus is on politics, history, religion, and philosophy of life. I present news analysis and opinion on current affairs and occasionally produce satire articles

Posts by Abubakr Farrukh:

McDonald’s Ownership Battle with Vikram Bakshi is Finally Over

Posted on: 11 May 2019

McDonald’s has recently decided to temporarily shut down its 165 outlets in India after six years of battle with its Indian Franchise partner, Vikram Bakshi, before an out-of-court settlement which ended up with McDonald’s buying out the 50% of his stake. Bakshi, who, besides Amit Jatia, is the one who introduced McDonald’s in the country in 1996. The transfer of ownership has now eased the tensions, removing the clouds of uncertainty hanging over the fate of staff working at the 165 outlets. For now, the Chicago-based food giant’s outlets will…

Another Suicide Attack in Pakistan

Posted on: 10 May 2019

On Wednesday morning, in the heart of Pakistan’s city, Lahore, the people woke up to continue their daily activities. As the second day of the sacred month of Ramzan unfolded in the country, the majority of whom are Muslims, with a bomb explosion in the busiest and arguably the most revered place in Lahore, near Data Darbar. The Sufi shrine whose dedication to spreading Islam is proverbial. But the darkest aspect of terrorism is that it has no religion. The attack took place in the wee hours of the morning, at…

Emperor Akihito’s Abdication: The End of The Era of Accomplishment?

Posted on: 09 May 2019

Japan’s imperial history is a curious mixture of myth and reality. Whether it is about the sacred treasures or the ruling emperor’s lineage with the legendary first emperor of the dynasty, it is shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Japan’s imperial family is its ancientness. It traces back to the legendary Emperor Jimmu, a descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu, who ascended to the throne in 660 BC. Since that period until the departing Emperor’s father, the Japanese monarchs had been revered as the gods. Emperor Akihito’s…

Brexit Clouds on UK Politics, What Now?

Posted on: 06 May 2019

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union in 2016, in a purely democratic sense, is something beyond appraisal or criticism. It is what the people of the UK desired for themselves, which found its expression in the Referendum 2016. Besides, this decision corroborates the assertion that the UK was never a natural part of the original European integration plan envisaged in the 1950s. Even when the UK decided to join the EEC, it was for more practical reasons which were more economic than any political integration with Europe. And it was…

Peru’s Ex-President’s Suicide: A self-Inflicted Euthanasia?

Posted on: 06 May 2019

On Wednesday, April 2019, the former president of Peru, Alan Garcia, took his own life over corruption charges and before he could be arrested by the police at his doorsteps, he did the act. His suicide sparked mixed feelings. Some called it ‘an act of cowardice’, while for some, it was ‘an act of dignity’ (Foggin, 2019). It all began from Brazil, where an operation named ‘car wash’ unraveled a series of an unending network of organized crimes including illegal contracts, kickbacks, money-laundering. All this culminated in the Odebrecht’s downfall.…