[Reader-list] Dalrymple on Pakistan's "New Deal"
indersalim at gmail.com
Tue Apr 29 22:41:15 IST 2008
On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:37 PM, inder salim <indersalim at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Naeem
> I believe, average Indians are quite interested in Pakistan. They
> regretted Benezir's untimely death. About Kashmir their stand is well
> known. The same must be true in Pakistan, for example when Rajiv
> Gandhi was killed, and their stand on kashmir too is well known.
> We are on the LIST to hear what main stream is not interested to
> debate. I cherish a lot what is happening on the lilst, in fact, the
> choice is so huge that i had to skip some uninteresting subjects. But
> some of those which i read even, go unreflected, but dont 'sink' as
> you fear.
> The same is true about the average millions of Indians and Pakistanis
> whose reflections go unnoticed, because their respective opinions dont
> match the agendas of their ruling classes. And if they match it is
> because there politicians also work like Jotshis ( hindu ) astrologer
> who convince the people about ghosts, stars and coloured stones....
> One can only laugh.....
> Naturally, we suffer. I believe, India is more Right winged than
> Pakistan is, even before this latest change of guard. An unhealthy
> Pakistan is because a Militiray rule suits Anglo-America forces in
> this region. A peaceful region is not good for their own peace. So
> unnatural differences are higlighted time and again to keep us hinged
> to hate. I quote a friend in Kashmir. " America will issue an
> ordinance to Muslims that it is mandatory to pray six times a day,
> instead of five"
> Genetically, there is very little variation between Indians,
> Pakistanis or Bangladeshis. Cuturally too we are intimately linked.
> The administrative chaos is almost similar. I have not been to
> Bangladesh but i dont miss it. It is just around. In fact, I dont
> know much about the things which surrounded me since childhood, let
> alone Delhi where i migrated some 15 years back. I hardly know
> anything about the political reprentatives of my area in east Delhi. I
> dont vote even. I dont think they are serious about what they say on
> the stage. And yet we have a functional democracry, and poople vote
> happily. But what they get in the end, we all know.
> Now people in Pakistan have also voted , good news, good also because
> secular forces are in power. I doubt this form of secularism beyond a
> point. Congress party here always proved my doubts. We know how the
> Hindu upper caste controleld the power game in Congress.
> Again, i feel dynasty rule as worse as fundamentalism. I feel
> milirary rule as worse as Corporates manipulating every nerve of our
> cities. An average man is struggling for a simple life which is
> elusive. Sad.
> We are not different.
> And if there is anything interesting about this sub-continent, it is
> culture, a hope for newness, which needs to be taken seriously.
> We need to take environment, culture and love.... seriously. I dont
> think the present dull form of politics is helping us to achieve our
> goals. Something within must happen.
> May be you dont agree.... but..
> with love
> inder salim
> On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 3:30 PM, Naeem Mohaiemen
> <naeem.mohaiemen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I post below yet another article that will sink without a trace in
> > Reader List, because:
> > 1. It doesn't involve India...
> > 2. It involves Pakistan, but isn't negative...
> > For the 0.2% that are interested, here is Dalrymple's latest...
> > A New Deal in Pakistan
> > By William Dalrymple
> > What happened in Khairpur was a small revolution—a middle-class
> > victory over the forces of reactionary feudal landlordism. More
> > astonishingly, it was a revolution that was reproduced across the
> > country. To widespread surprise, the elections in Pakistan were free
> > and fair; and Pakistanis voted heavily in favor of liberal centrist
> > parties opposed to both the mullahs and the army. Here, in a country
> > normally held up in the more Islamophobic right-wing press of Western
> > countries as the epitome of "what went wrong" in the Islamic world, a
> > popular election resulted in an unequivocal vote for moderate, secular
> > democracy.
> > http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21194
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