Comments on: Pakistan’s growing democracy http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/08/14/pakistans-growing-democracy/ Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: sensiblepatriot http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/08/14/pakistans-growing-democracy/comment-page-1/#comment-39407 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:08:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7666#comment-39407 Yes. The same challenge had to be faced by us just after independence of India. With the possibility of huge Hindi geography against smaller ethinic states, the central government cleverly divided the large Hindi heartland into 4 states (UP,Bihar,Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan) which eventually lead to relative decline of Hindi chauvinism and created a more common brotherhood among Indians. Although most of the Prime ministers came from UP (Hindi Heartland) and ruled most part of Indian history since independence, India was able to avoid tyranny of majority with respect to language. Today Hindi with its own accents (it had numerous accents from kashmir to ooty in Tamil Nadu and words taken from every language that Hindi has become to India what English had become to the world). In any case, time must not be lost by Pakistan’s MNA to carve out a seperate province from Punjab and in my opinion this does a greater good for pakistan. Although I believe that devolution of powers to lower political order is more important, this is one big positive step if it is actually taken.
kEiThz, if you are amused by the reason why you don’t find many Indians these days in this blog. Most, in my opinion, are tensely waiting with fingers crossed on what happens to the Lokpal Movement headed by Anna hazare which is historical in every sense of the word. Most of our focus is centered around that. We are hoping against hope that our Legislature pass strong, wide and autonomous Lokpal (Act against corruption) to rid our country the biggest disease of corruption in public life, which is single most hazard that is the obstacle to our growth.

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By: kEiThZ http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/08/14/pakistans-growing-democracy/comment-page-1/#comment-39385 Sat, 20 Aug 2011 00:03:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7666#comment-39385 I have been saying this forever. Thank you!

Pakistan needs to be decentralized and Punjab needs to be broken up. Just imagine what would have happened to India if they hadn’t broken up their large regions into smaller states. Yet, in Pakistan, the Punjabis insists on keeping the Seraiki belt inside Punjab. I suspect it’s for no reason other than political power.

The day Punjab becomes a more equal part of the federation is the day Pakistan starts moving towards becoming a functional state. Nothing would be better for them than breaking up Punjab.

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By: sadiarzv http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/08/14/pakistans-growing-democracy/comment-page-1/#comment-39367 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:17:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7666#comment-39367 I admit performance of the PPP government was not ideal, but it has set new standards ofpolitics in a feudal society. Millions of hardcore poor have been awarded by employee’s stock scheme. First time in the history of Pakistan the poor workers became partner in the profit oforganization. Countless homeless got free piece of land for a shelter. Education, first time in history got in to access of underprivileged. The bureaucracy became answerable to people and first time traditional power centre shifted from feudal to masses. As people got voices and realization of their right, the democracy became a platform where they can share power. This support base is purely an outcome of party performance and pro-poor policies which still makes its major vote-bank. This party does not has any direct conflict with Socialists, rather it acts in their support for secular, liberal and more equitable society.

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By: KPSingh01 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/08/14/pakistans-growing-democracy/comment-page-1/#comment-39362 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 01:48:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7666#comment-39362 Keeping up democracy is the way to go. Corruption is always there and it is not unique to Pakistan alone. At least the electoral process gives people a chance to oust people from power. It is a process similar to sifting. It takes many years to mature. Pakistan’s military was propped up and strengthened by the cold war powers. Now the same powers are finding themselves in the opposite camp. in this scenario, Pakistan’s military does not have much muscle power to thrust its way through, like it did before. It managed to control the nation by pushing itself to the fore front of super power battles. Now that need is lost. Therefore Pakistan’s democracy has the best chance to grow and thrive. Mullahs and their political attempts have never succeeded in Pakistan. The voters have always rejected their overtures. Just keep at it. It will help the military go back to the barracks and submit to the civilian authority. And it will help come out of the unnecessary paranoia about neighbors. Good luck.

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By: Umairpk http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/08/14/pakistans-growing-democracy/comment-page-1/#comment-39359 Sun, 14 Aug 2011 19:53:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7666#comment-39359 Excellent analysis of Pakistan’s political landscape and democratic progress.

Happy Independence Day! Pakistan zindabad.

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By: Naushadshafkat http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/08/14/pakistans-growing-democracy/comment-page-1/#comment-39357 Sun, 14 Aug 2011 18:12:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7666#comment-39357 This is one of the best pieces that I have seen on the current situation. The analysis is objective and presented in clear terms unlike many who beat about the bush. In all the muck thrown around one tends to forget that the government, as you put it,’is introducing into the system mechanisms’ that will help in the long run. We only hope that the military does not intervene for once and allows the democratic process to go through the growing phase on its own.

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