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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Amir ul Momineen Wannabee and the NA polls, Jawen Naqvi (Mubashir Hasan), The Most Important Book of the Year

In the bedoin culture a deal is made when the word is given. Nawaz Sharif of the Bia League owes his liberty (and life) to the Soodis. Speaking on the news speculations that Nawaz Sharif is not going to contest the NA elections Ahsan Iqbal is quoted to say:

‘There was no agreement between Mr Nawaz Sharif and Musharraf and it was only an understanding between Mr Sharif and the Saudi royal family,’ he (Ahsan) said.

Let us see if his words hold. ~~t

In his view the ideology of nationalism that took root in Europe and North America emerged as a new religion in form and content. The religion of yesteryear got split into religious and what came to be termed as secular components. The religious component became a matter of the private faith of the individual. The newly emerged nationalist faith took over the secular domain. The nation-state replaced the church in claiming the highest loyalty and devotion on political, social, economic and cultural questions. The national constitution acquired the sanctity of a sacred text. National heroes emerged more easily than religious saints used to be recognised in earlier times. Jawed Naqvi quoting Mubashir Hasan

Nicholas Kristof's and Sheryl WuDunn's new book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is the kind of book that could change the course of history.
In the West, it's often easy to assume that the battle for women's rights has largely been won (an assumption, perhaps, that is easier for men to make than women). But any victory declaration would certainly be premature for other parts of the world. Half the Sky makes the case, in fact, that the plight of women is getting worse in much of the world and will continue on its downward slide unless we do something about it. The Most Important Book of the Year


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