All posts tagged: development

Part I- What does it mean to be modern?

Here is a series of blogs exploring what it means to be a modern Pakistani Muslim.  The literary meaning of modern is “Relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past”. By looking at the definition we can easily conclude that modern means adopting all new and trendy things moving in the society. This conclusion however is superficial and wrong.The true meaning of modern may not match this hasty and sup racial conclusion as its meaning varies from person to person and in various different contexts.

Culture is who we really are…

“Civilization is what we have and culture is what we are” _ Dr.sarvepali Radhakrishnan A teenager girl wearing shalwar kameez, dupatta, offering namaz seems quite shocking to our youth .We are greatly influenced by western culture as it looks more trendy and modern. What one means by trendy and modern, and whether what good does it bring, is a different debate altogether. Western culture is presented to the world as something to be really proud of. We can’t deny the fact that the West being more powerful have more resources, to influence the public opinion and shape them according to its will. Led by wealthy Western conglomerates, the fashion and beauty parameters are determined by the West, simply due to its hold on media, their high tech facilities and globalization. It seems that everything needs to be modern and fashionable as per the criteria of the West. Gradually it seems, West is painting our roots with its own colors. However, at the end it is up to us that how much we let west dominate …

Female Education is Skyrocketing in Pakistan…

As Pakistan nears bankruptcy, patience of foreign lenders wears thin GRAEME SMITH, Globe and Mail, Dec. 28, 2010 ISLAMABAD: A terrifying kind of mathematics has become popular among aid workers, analysts and others who spend their lives tracking the fate of Pakistan. It’s a back-of-the-envelope calculation about how the country will get through the coming years without declaring bankruptcy: take the country’s foreign debt ($53-billion), add interest, subtract the $1.8-billion that won’t arrive as scheduled on Jan. 1 from the International Monetary Fund because Islamabad failed to meet loan conditions. Add the staggering cost, perhaps $10-billion, of rebuilding after summer floods.

DunyaNama- The GlObal kaleidOscOpe

What is the one thing that defines us at the most fundamental level of our existence? It is Life. Yet, after an entire decade into a new century, the very Life of our collective reality that we call humanity continues to struggle for its endurance. They say every great power has to witness its own fall some day. So is it that a great empire of human race has reached its own end and we are (lucky or not) the chosen ones to witness our own demise? You probably think I am exaggerating? May be I am but before anyone of us reaches a conclusion let us have a look around…Read More

The Lost Generations of Pakistan

By afat Pakistan is the only country which loves to loose its generations whenever they start to mature . When Pakistan was made, the generation which was inspired was Aligarh Movement was spear heading it. M A Jinnah asked a Hindu Jagnathan Azad to compose the Pakistan’s first national anthem, which later after a competition went to the credit of Mr Hafiz Jallendri . ..Pakistan’s First Law Minister was also a Hindu. There were a lot of women participation , Begum Rana Liaqat Ali, Begum Salma Tasaduq , Mehnaz Rafi and the lot . This generation was able to drag Pakistan to unprecedented heights.

No time for non-issues

By S.M. Naseem Dawn- Saturday, 17 Oct, 2009 The challenges facing the Pakistani state — both domestic and external — continue to mount and periodically bring it to the brink of disaster. Whether through an act of Providence or the delicate balance of forces which keep propping up the state, the ‘existential threat’ gets averted. The last two years have been especially traumatic and have taken the nation on a roller-coaster ride of hope and dismay. Democracy by itself may not bring tangible rewards for the population in the short run, but it does rekindle the hope of future advancement and wellbeing for many. The February 2008 elections did raise such hopes.