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India-Pakistan:The Enduring Stalemate

In the final analysis we need a political culture in both India and Pakistan that understands that sometimes nationalism is the enemy of the national interest; we need a political culture that is prepared to pay a short-run price for imagining a new architecture for the subcontinent; and we need a political culture that will allow both countries to transcend the sediments of history that are weighing them down. Unless all this changes we will remain trapped in current paradigms and assumptions which are such that only one side can claim victory, even as both have the power to destroy each other.

Calcutta Diary

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence is fast occupying the space in official lexicon the communists occupied half a century ago. The ISI is no innocent abroad, but the problem arises with the gradual abdication of a sense of proportion in establishment mindsets. And why blame the establishment alone? It is a national propensity. Our love for exaggerating things defines our existence.

Teaching of History and Nation-Building

Prejudice and Pride: School Histories of the Freedom Struggle in India and Pakistan by Krishna Kumar; Viking, New Delhi, 2001; pp 274, Rs 395.

Asian Development Bank and Pakistan

Over the next three years the Asian Development Bank is scheduled to provide large grants under the country assistance package. In addition to the loans for the capital market, privatisation and other economic 'reforms', the ADB will provide substantial assistance for the Access to Justice Programme. This review of the loan agreement draws out issues for discussion.

Paradox of Development

Issues in Pakistan’s Economy by S Akbar Zaidi; Oxford University Press, Karachi, 1999; pp 462, Rs 595.

Dismal State of Social Sciences in Pakistan

This paper attempts to explain and understand the dismal condition of the social sciences and social science research in Pakistan. It establishes some encompassing parameters which help explain why things are the way they are. These include attempts to place the role of Pakistan's state and its bureaucracy in a certain context, and also delineates on the collapse of institutions in Pakistan leading the way for individuals, rather than institutions, to undertake and produce research. The dominance and presence of international donors and their roles with regard to social science research are also discussed at length. There is no 'community of scholars' in Pakistan, nor any social science professional association to speak of. The paper argues that with current trends in the academic community, the future for social science and social science research in Pakistan looks even more bleak.

Law of Libel in Pakistan

It is heartening to see the apex courts of India and Pakistan agreeing on an aspect of the law of defamation which affects the freedom of the press - that the press is free to comment on the conduct of a public figure and is not guilty of defamation unless the defendant proves malice.


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