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Analysis

What If India Were Not Partitioned?

Assessing Kashmir Policies
To Whom Does India Belong?
What Does the Argumentative Indian Argue About?
War or Peace on the Indus?

The Confusions of Imran Khan
The Peculiarities of Imran Khan
More and Less of Imran Khan
Beyond Anti-Americanism
Dissecting Hoodbhoy’s Logic
Analysis: Vision and Management
Analysis: The Idea of Pakistan?
Sen’s Idea of Justice: A Puzzle?
Justice, Power, and Truth
Corruption and Democracy: Disputing Neera Chandhoke
Pakistan Unhitches Hitchens
Testing the Hypothesis of Sexual Repression in Pakistan
Pakistan’s Problems: More Hypotheses
Pakistan’s Problems: Letter from Berlin
Explaining Pakistan’s Drift to the Right

Obama in Cairo: Ten Weak Points
Burqa: Principle, Prejudice and Preference
On Not Learning
On Argumentation

Policy: Prescription, Analysis and Hot Air

An Exercise in Analysis
Governance in Pakistan – 1
Governance in Pakistan – 2
Governance in Pakistan – 3: More Bad Analysis
Governance in Pakistan – 4: What is Good Analysis?
Governance in Pakistan – 5: An Example of a Good Analysis
Governance in Pakistan – 6: Advantages of Good Analysis
Governance in Pakistan – 7: Which Islam?

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Behavior

Where Will Change Come From?
What Kind of Revolution Do We Need in South Asia?

After Veena Malik: Thoughts on Morality
Women and Men: Thoughts on the Nature of Society
Women and ‘Feudal’ Values

L’affaire DSK: What Can We Learn?
Sex in Perspective
Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
On Prayer and Superstition
Holy Noise
The Intolerant Indian: A Review
Kashmir and Sedition: Whose Side Are We On?
On Culture and the Clash of Cultures
Culture, Nationality and Religion – 1
Culture, Nationality and Religion – 2
Culture, Nationality and Religion – 3
On Loyalty and Patriotism
More on the South Asian Liberal

Achievement and Risk-taking
Are Some State and Non-State Actions Evil?

On the Inhumanity of Humanity
The Sexual Divide
Child Abuse: Could This Be an Exceptional Case?

On Cooperation and Competition
On Cooperation and Competition – 2
On Cooperation and Competition – 3
On Cooperation and Individualism – 4
On Cooperation and Team Work – 5

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China

China – 1: Why a Series on China?
China – 2: Making Sense of China
China – 3: Lessons from Tibet
Would You Wish to be a Chinese in China?

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Cities/Urban

What is the Future of the City in South Asia?
What’s Happening in Small Towns?
What’s Happening in Karachi?
Karachi is a Small City
The Great Cities: A Pakistani Jeremiad
Urbanization in India: Some Questions
The Economics of Urbanization
The Politics of Urbanization
Urbanization: The Big Picture
The Atomization of Society
Comparing Small Towns in South Asia
The Meaning of Mumbai

Lahore – What is to be Done?
Lahore – The Wisdom of Jane Jacobs
Lahore – A Canal Runs Through It

Is Singapore a Successful City?
Singapore: The Voice of Citizens
Singapore: Evidence from Bollywood
Ahmedabad: The Power of Labeling
Ahmedabad: Life in the City

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Democracy/Governance

Mr. Modi
Arundhati Roy and Martin Luther King

In Support of Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy
Democracy: Corn Flakes, Cabbages and Kings
Tony Judt on the State, Democracy and Religion
Telangana Thoughts
Pakistan: A New Phase?
Pakistan: An Idiosyncratic Road to Better Governance
Sleeping Beauty: Pakistan’s Civil Society

The Cultivation of Democratic Governance
The Alternative to Unadulterated Democracy is not Dictatorship
Second-Best Institutions

And then there is China…
The Dilemma of Democracy in Pakistan
Democracy in Sri Lanka
Democracy in Malaysia and the Importance of the Second-Best
Governance in Colonial Hong Kong – Lessons from Experience
Democracy in Japan – Electoral Rules Matter
Building Democracy in Iraq
What’s Happening in Nepal?
Another Country, Another Election

Getting to True Democracy
The Art of Democracy
Democracy – A Historical Perspective
Iran and the Dilemma of Democracy
Thinking About the Elections in Pakistan
Governance in South Asia: States and Robber Gangs
Making Democracy Work
Blame it on the People

Democracy in India – 1
Democracy in India – 2
Democracy in India – 3
Democracy in India – 4
Democracy in India – 5
Democracy in India – 6
Democracy in India – 7
Democracy in India – 8: Dissecting the Election
Democracy in India – 9: Who Speaks for India?

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Development

Against Research
In Defense of ‘Against Research’

Development and Violence: Some Clues?
The World is Too Big to Fail But…
Consumption and the Limit to Resources
The Dark Side of Economic Growth
Development: A Loss of Focus?

Ten Unacceptable Things

Is Illiteracy a Cause of Poverty?
Is Poverty the Cause of Illiteracy?
Is Overpopulation the Cause of Poverty?
Understanding Poverty
On the Real Poverty in South Asia
Poverty and Human Rights

Corruption and Development
Is Corruption Good or Bad?
Corruption: Counterintuitive Conclusions
Informal Labour at the Root of Corporate Corruption
The Economics and Politics of Corruption in India

Faith and Development
Is Faith Necessary for Progress?
Governance and Morality

Are NGOs Relevant?
$1 Trillion NGO Industry

Pakistan: A Downward Spiral
Pakistan: Falling Off a Cliff
Textiles: Can Pakistan Compete?
Millennium Development Follies
Social Services: Asking the Right Questions

India: Not Quite There Yet
The Rise of Indian Women?
BIPS, Games, and Puzzles
The Middle Class Myth in India
From Notified Criminals to Denotified Offenders
Forget the Poor

Anchoring Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province
The Curious Case of Hyderabad Sindh

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Education

Four Talks and a Funeral

Education and the Rights of Children

Education: Humanities and Science
Education: A Critique of Mark Slouka
Education in Pakistan: Ten Big Questions
Why is Pakistan Half Illiterate?
Remaking Public School Education in Pakistan
Education: Is More Money Good News?
What Are Pakistani College Students All About?
LUMS and Learning: Reflections on a Discussion
A Letter from the Dean
A Dean’s Summer Reading List
Education Reform in India
Craving Middleness
‘Craving Middleness’: A Critique

In Defense of Lord Macaulay
Macaulay’s Stepchildren
On Being Stupid in English
Education: The Myth of the Market
Searching for a Nobel Laureate in South Asia

The Search for Truth

Milton and Ghalib

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Foreign Aid

A Primer on Foreign Aid – 1: Essential Definitions
A Primer on Foreign Aid – 2: Rationale and Results
A Primer on Foreign Aid – 3: Real Issues

Helping Pakistan
Should Pakistan Receive More Foreign Aid?
Aid to Pakistan: Advocacy or Analysis?
US Aid to Pakistan: Response to CGD
More Ideas on Aid to Pakistan
Aid as Religion
Handwaving on Aid: Response to Nancy Birdsall
How to Aid the Health Sector in Pakistan
“Helping the Poor”: The Idea, the Reality and the Shadow
Designed to Fail: Why Foreign Aid Doesn’t Deliver
Lucymemsahib and SAP
All Wrong on Poverty and Aid

Pakistan Picaresque

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History

Beacons of Light
The Ghadar Party – I
The Ghadar Party – II
The Berlin Committee
The Jihad Movement – I
The Jihad Movement – II

Hinduism – 1: What is ‘Hinduism’?
Hinduism – 2: Getting to Terms with Religion
Hinduism – 3: Interaction with Muslims
Hinduism – 4: Early Interaction with Muslims
Hinduism – 5: Impacts of Interactions with Muslims
Hinduism – 6: Interactions in the Mirror of Sex
Hinduism – 7: The Wall of Amnesia

“A Tryst with Destiny”: Reflections on the Partition of India
Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan – A Review
MJ Akbar’s Tinderbox: The Book in Images
On the Emergence of Pakistan
Jinnah, Nehru, and the Ironies of History
Jaswant Singh: What’s All the Fuss?
The Road to Partition
On Emperor Akbar
On Thinking About the Past
History: Lived and Imagined
Indian Women: A Paradox?
Gandhi and bin Laden: Further Thoughts
Asian Responses to Colonialism
Interrogating Pankaj Mishra’s Weltanschauung
Understanding Communalism: The Past is No Guide to the Present
Revisiting Somnath – A Review



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Identity

The Politics of Identity
The Politics of Identity in Pakistan
Is There an Irrational Voter?

On Diversity
Are We Similar or Are We Different?
How Similar? How Different?
Similar or Different and Does it Matter?
Similar and Different: What Else?
Similar and Different: Why Marriages Fail?
Similar and Different: Common and Problematic
Similar and Different: Good and Evil
Similar and Different: Black and White
Similar and Different: Bengal Revisited
Ghalib – 30: Similarities and Differences
Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Asia
Neighbours: Private Dosti, Political Demarcations
The Indo-Persian Synthesis

Our Neighborhood
Induced Nostalgia
In Search of Diwali in Lahore

Us Versus Them
Them Versus Us
India, Pakistan and Survival
Ten Thoughts on Afridi’s Remarks about Indians

Yehudi Menuhin: On Nationalism

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Language/Meaning

Literature in the Fortress
What Can Literature Do?

Obama and his Audience
On Language and Communication
Love’s Labor Lost?
Who’s the Fairest of Them All?
From Urdu to Hindi, Farsi and Beyond
Cracking Urdu: A Guide for Those Who Know Hindi
On Some Peculiarities of King’s Urdu
The Rise and Decline of King’s Urdu
The Changing World of Urdu
The Lovely Peculiarities of Urdu
Learning Urdu

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Law

On the Poverty of Indian Muslims
More on the Law of Inheritance
On Treason in the Subcontinent
Laws and the Rule of Law

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Leadership

Dynasty and the Price of Politics: Do We Get the Leaders We Deserve?
Dynastic Succession and the Culture of South Asian Politics

Leadership
It’s the Leadership, Stupid
Pakistan’s Leaders
The Peculiar Nature of the Pakistani Liberal
From Indo-Pak to Af-Pak

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Miscellaneous

Making Martyrs
Art and Life: Unraveling a Puzzle

The Value of the Legend of Pradeep Mathew

Fireflies in the Mist: An Exploration of Bengali Identity

Theater and Social Change in Pakistan: The Plays of Shahid Nadeem
Theater as a Matter of Life and Death
A Character in Melville Who Wouldn’t

Pitying the Nation

Not Your Father’s Kabir

Leela’s Book: A Review
Please Read Responsibly
The General Leaves His Labyrinth

Captivating Catchwords

PPP Prattle
Pakistan’s Favorite Indians

The South Asian Idea: A Review
What Makes Men Stupid?
What’s With Movie Stars in South India?
Why Indians are Stressed and Unhealthy
Can a Computer be Aware Like a Human?
A Modern Fable
Come Back, Ibn-e Eusuf
A Peek into the Mind of Pakistan’s Rulers
Straws in the Wind
Reflections on a Very Large Cabinet
Elections: Pakistan Style
Cricket and Politics
Time for Apologies
Idée Fixe
There We Go Again…
Ah, New York Times…
The Power of the Idea and the Poverty of the Imagination
Between the Idea and the Reality falls the Shadow
Cricket in the Jungle
Cricket: Risk, Strategy, Design


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Modernity

How Modern is Modern?
More on Dynasties and Modernity
Dynastic Succession: What is the difference between India and France?
“Modern” and “Stupid”
Monarchy, Religion, Hierarchy and Modernity
Hierarchy, Dependence, Equality and Democracy
Individualism, Social Contract, Governance and Modernity
Equality, Individual Rights, Modernity and Democracy
Is There Such a Thing as a Modern South Asian?
More on the Modern South Asian – 1
More on the Modern South Asian – 2
India: A View of People
Ghalib -29: On Being Modern
On Globalization: Separating Ideas from Geography via Tradition
What the Fishermen are Telling Us

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Music

Is There a Puzzle in Indian Culture?
God, Music and Food for Thought
Classical Music in Pakistan: A Requiem?
The Music of Poetry
An Idiot’s Guide to Music – 1
An Idiot’s Guide to Music – 2
An Idiot’s Guide to Music – 3
Music: An Interview with Arpita Chatterjee
Music: Architecture, Painting, and Wet Clay
A Modern Introduction to Music – 1
A Modern Introduction to Music – 2
A Modern Introduction to Music – 3
A Modern Introduction to Music – 4
A Modern Introduction to Music – 5
A Modern Introduction to Music – 6
A Modern Introduction to Music – 7
A Modern Introduction to Music – 8
A Modern Introduction to Music – 9
A Modern Introduction to Music – 10
A Modern Introduction to Music – 11
A Modern Introduction to Music – 12
A Modern Introduction to Music – 13
A Modern Introduction to Music – 14
A Modern Introduction to Music – 15
A Modern Introduction to Music – 16
A Modern Introduction to Music – 17

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Politics

Pak-US Relations: Conflicting Perspectives
9/11: The Burden of the Past and the Promise of the Future
Osama: What the ISI Knew?
Gandhi, bin Laden and the Global Chessboard
Pakistan after the Arab Insurrections

The Degeneration of Politics
Wanted: A Real People’s Party
Revolt and Revolution in Pakistan

On Fundamentalism
More on Fundamentalism – 1
Hindu-Muslim or Muslim-Hindu?
The Politics of God

Gujarat: What Miracle?
Telling the Wrong Story in Gujarat
A Man of the Right
Mr. Modi: Good for Pakistan, Bad for Muslims?

Who Wants Peace in the Subcontinent?
Why are Political Parties Not Issue Oriented?
The Peculiar Nature of India-Pakistan Relations
India’s Pakistan Policy?
Pakistan-India Relations
India: (Almost) Wild Political Speculation

Perspectives on Kashmir

A Middle Class ‘Revolution’
After the Long March – What Now Comrades?
Pakistan: What is to be done in FATA?
Pakistan: What is Government For and What is to be Done?
What Governments Do and Why
Chaos in Islamabad

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Reflections

Reflections
Reflections: Delhi – The City Remembered
Reflections: Indian Ink—Literary Insights into Colonialism and Identity
Reflections: Go Mohammedans?
Reflections: Shaped by the Times
Aditya Behl (1966-2009)
September Eleven
9/11: Socrates, Machiavelli, Christ and Gandhi
Pakistan: What Do You Want?
Reflections: South Asian Pecking Order
French Salons and South Asia
Reflections of a New Mother
Reflections: Literature and Nationalism

Reflections: A Visit to Karachi
Notes from Pakistan
The Lahore Effect
Returning to India
Violence Has No Borders
Humsafar and Shakespeare
Two Fires
The Black Album: Between Liberalism and Fundamentalism
If I Were a Christian
Pakistan Elections 2013: Reflections
Time, the World and the Word
Requiescat
Reflections on Lost Times

Reflections on Eid
Questions for Ourselves

Honour and Ignore

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Religion

Review: A Gash in the World

Do Devotion and Brutality Go Together?
Individual or State: Who is Behind Violence?

Has Islam a Place in a Modern World?
Culture Bypass: A New Paradigm – 1
Culture Bypass: A New Paradigm – 2
Culture Bypass: A New Paradigm – 3
Culture Bypass: A New Paradigm – 4
Culture Bypass: A New Paradigm – 5

On God: Existence and Nature
Kim Aashcharyam? (What is the most amazing thing?)
An Alternate Explanation for Existence
On the Functions of Religion
On Religion as an Individual Code of Behavior
Islam: Moving On
On God’s Will
On Secularism in South Asia
Pilgrimage as Secular Activity: A Constitutional Perversion

Darwin Meets Fresh Teen in Pakistan

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South Asia

Imaginings: South Asia in 2020
Imaginings: Retrospective on Pakistan
Imaginings: Where is India Headed?
Brown as the Mouths of Rivers

U.S. and South Asia: Transformations and Trajectories
South Asia: In Search of Roots
The Economics of Culture

How Far Behind is South Asia?
Why Numbers are Important?
More Numbers on Poverty and Education

South Asia – 1:  A Region in Trouble?
South Asia – 2: Three Deprivations
Slumland South Asia?
What Kind of Revolution Do We Need in South Asia?
Why is South Asia So Violent?
More on Violence in South Asia and the Great Jihad
Feminism and Violence: The Short and the Long

Can India Learn From Its Neighbours?

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Terrorism

Terrorism – 1: How Do We Respond to Mumbai?
Terrorism – 2: Beyond Mumbai
Terrorism – 3: Turning In
Terrorism – 4: Reaching Out
Terrorism – 5: What’s Your Religion?

Questions for Amos Oz

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14 Responses to “MAIN PAGE”

  1. M.Adeel Qureshi Says:

    It is the dialima of our country that we dont have sincere leaders to run the country in a smoother way. I wish we could make our future generation different from us and could be a true Pakistani in accordance with the vision of our Quaid-i-Azam,

    M.Adeel Qureshi,
    M.A. History,
    M.a. International Relations,
    M/Phil/PhD in monumental Archaeology (in process)
    Lecturer,
    University of Karachi
    Karachi
    0322-2539606

  2. Shakil Ahmed Says:

    Dear Dr.Samia,

    I congratulate you for writing a very nice article entitled “The art of Democracy” which truly reflects that you are a very clear minded, and have a balnce approach about the problems which are currently posing problem for the integrity of Pakistan and its inhabitents. I totally agree with you that there is no harm for the exhibition of nude art in pakistan. Art is art, and it cannot be classified purely on the basis of nudity in it. People who do not like to see it may not see it, and who like to see it let them to see it. You are a great visionary, and a liberal minded person. Pl. keep up writing such things boldly, we like it. thanks.

  3. A.K. Singh Says:

    Dear Dr. Altaf:

    I wholeheartedly agree with your opinions expressed in today’s “Transformations and Trajectories” appearing in the June 29th DAWN Opinion section. It appears that in India, they are turning the American national motto “E Pluirbus Unum” on its head: Out of One, Many. There is a dearth of strong, transcendant leaders like Nehru and Gandhi (Mahatma and Indira); instead India has too many moral midgets guided by their selfish, communal interests. (Manmohan Singh has the right qualifications and temperament, but is weak.) Look at the cesspool from which many MPs come from – uneducated and unelightened goons and criminals.

    Perhaps the communalization started with Mrs. Gandhi with her divisive policies that led to Sikh and Kashmiri separatist movements. Or perhaps it started with the Partition and its politics of division, rather than unity.

    Best regards.

  4. Rajagopalan Says:

    For Samia Altaf
    ref yr piece today..on this subject: India-Pakistan

    I suggest that about the only sane solution to this problem as also other problems in the neighbourhood..is for ALL these S. Asian countries to work as quickly as possible towards a Union of Independent States similar to the European Union of today..

    An absoutely essential condition is, of course, that ALL Member States should be serious democracies..Pakistan appears to be finally making a start in that direction..I suggest that Pakistani leaders concentrate on making that a success..specifically towards that goal..Instead of continuing to make “poltical” short-term- effect statements which will keep the temperature adverse and high in India, putting backs up..making that goal postponable or even rejectable by India..Thereafter, hopefully, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka will also be motivated, seeing the initial success, and work towards joining..Later, hopefully, perhaps even Afganistan and even Iran.

    A.Rajagopalan

  5. P. Harimohan Says:

    Transformations & Trajectories by Dr Altaf

    Dr Altaf, Thank you for writing this and making us realize
    that our governments have utterly failed us in realizing the genuinely secular & liberal democracies that both the countries’ founding fathers visualized. I hope people like L K Advani in India read your analysis. I have no hope that secularism will triumph or ever thrive in our countries unless we invent latter day Mustapha Kemal Ataturk(s). regards, P. Harimohan

  6. Ram Says:

    There are 2 things. The rot from within and the external influences that take advantage of this.

    India is rotting on 2 fronts
    a> Governance that has led to corruption and encouraged crime
    While we keep crying like a baby about how Pakistanis do not give us Dawood, we have allowed Dawood’s cronies in Mumbai to prosper. Why have we not broken his network in India?

    Our cops are inadequately trained and armed and the resources are not enough. Something drastic has to be done to reform the entire policing system. Any layman can see that they are in no position to tackle even a lowly criminal with a pistol

    b> Social and communal problems that give rise to Naxalism and Maoism
    Ostracism of the weaker castes in society is still prevalent outside metros and this has fueled Naxalism and Maoism in the country which is slowly spreading its tentacles.

    Unless we stem the rot within, outsiders will continue to exploit our weaknesses.

  7. SouthAsian Says:

    Ram,

    I am less concerned about the corruption. If you see the history of the US you will note the period of the ‘Robber Barons’, the hold of the Mafia, the amazing corruption at the highest political levels (latest in Illinois), and the financial scandals (latest Madoff). There is not much difference in Japan, South Korea, or China. Corruption is bad but really when you look at it, the causality is counter-intuitive: corruption does not prevent growth; a lot of growth leads to opportunities for corruption.

    The social and communal problems are a lot more serious. Here the history of the US gives the opposite lesson. When the urban riots broke out in the 1960s signaling the degree of Black disaffection, the state was quick to take decisive action with the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. The remarkable improvement in race relations within 50 years has culminated in the election of Barack Obama.

    Here the Indian government has failed completely: At best it is indifferent to injustice; at worst it is complicit (as was the case in Delhi and Gujarat). Given that social diversity is much greater and income gaps much wider, this could be the Achilles heel of the Indian polity. Nobody from outside would need to take advantage of this – the state would collapse from within as it has in Pakistan.

  8. almostinfamous Says:

    SouthAsian… even after the abolition of slavery, there were plenty of so-called ‘Jim Crow’ laws and until recently there were and maybe continue to be ‘sundown’ towns in the US where persons of colour are not guaranteed safety after dark. even today, the harsher laws (drug war etc.) lead to disproportionately worse effects on the minorities and their communities due to a vicious cycle. we are witnessing a similar situation with regard to the various minority communities in india, whether they are large or small.

  9. SouthAsian Says:

    almostinfamous, of course, you are quite right. The point I wish to make is one of the trend. What you mention in the US is a legacy effect. If you see the new generation on college campuses it is obvious that racial divisions are being eroded. And the biggest proof is the election of Barack Obama which clearly indicates that the legacy effect is becoming marginal to society. This is not to say that individual members of minorities are not discriminated against at some point or another.

    This change in the trend was the outcome of the decisive intervention by the State that I had mentioned. No such decisive action has been taken by the Indian State. And therefore, I am less optimistic about the prospects of social stability in India.

  10. Mumbai Says:

    Precisely… we need proper governance first. That’s the main thing. All this talk about war is useless and it’s not going to help anybody. Nobody has thought about
    - What the cost of war is. Not just tangible cost but the loss of business
    - What will happen if we lose
    - What will we do even after we win?
    - What if either one drops a nuke?

    What is it eventually going to achieve?

    Ram

  11. uba babs Says:

    Dear Dr.Samia,i am of the opinion that you very correct on the article you wrote on ‘The art of Democracy’,you have realy done a very great job,i stongly share the same view as you,please keep it up with this great boldness,thank you.

  12. ijaz Says:

    Has there ever been any professional evaluation of the Website.

    The question would need to be framed in the context of “A Learning Resource for College Students in South Asia”

    To the very least do we know How many, Who and how is the South Asian Idea Weblog used?

    • SouthAsian Says:

      Ijaz: There has not been a professional review of the blog. I did a self-evaluation in 2009 (after about 18 months of its existence) which is here:

      http://thesouthasianidea.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/the-south-asian-idea-a-review/

      The essential strengths and weaknesses remain unchanged. I had adopted a simple rule at the outset – if readership continued to increase year over year I would keep it going. That has been the case so far though the learning resource cannot be considered a success by any means.

      Since 2008 there have been over 500 posts, 6,000 comments and 400,000 page views. The daily views vary between 200 and 300 with the majority being from India and the US followed by Pakistan. There is clearly a very huge audience of college students that has not been reached and that is the primary failure of the initiative.

      My own analysis is that the content needs to be simplified one level but the difficulty is that it becomes uninteresting for me to write at that level. So, at this time the site is serving as an archive for the thoughts and ideas that intrigue me and there is a small set of readers who share the interest. We have conversations among ourselves which I find very useful.

  13. ijaz Says:

    Perhaps there is a need to change the sub-title from “A Learning Resource for College Students in South Asia” to
    “A Learning Resource” or something to that effect.

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