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Conspiracies, Bombings & the 1973 Constitution (The Balochistan Series – Part 4b)

This is the fifth installment of ‘The Balochistan Series’ here on my blog. To see more of the series, click here. This is the second half of PART 4, and the first part went up separately, simply to make reading easier and more enjoyable. Language Issue The question of the province’s official language was another point… Continue reading Conspiracies, Bombings & the 1973 Constitution (The Balochistan Series – Part 4b)

History · Politics · The Balochistan Series

1950 onwards – One Unit Scheme, Ayub Khan, etc. (The Balochistan Series – Part 2)

This is the first installment of ‘The Balochistan Series’ here on my blog. To see more of the series, click here.  The One Unit Scheme announced by PM Mohammad Ali Bogra in 1954 was the bureaucracy-dominated Muslim League-government’s counterbalance against the numerical domination of the ethnic Bengalis of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). One may ask how the implementation… Continue reading 1950 onwards – One Unit Scheme, Ayub Khan, etc. (The Balochistan Series – Part 2)

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The Athenian Democracy

“It is true that we are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few.” – Pericles (Athenian statesman, 5th century B.C.) (IED, 2006) Even though Greece is often considered the birthplace of democracy, most ancient Greeks did not live in democracies. Greek philosophers Plato and… Continue reading The Athenian Democracy

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My reasons for Pakistan’s dismal democratic experience.

Through the 64 of Pakistan’s existence, there has never been a stable democratic government to complete its term in parliament. At Partition, East and West Pakistan were divided by a 1000-mile stretch of hostile Indian territory, and to develop a unified government at this stage “dictated little margin for error and great concern for control”… Continue reading My reasons for Pakistan’s dismal democratic experience.

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The Complete Persepolis

Here, in one volume, is Marjane Satrapi‘s best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips. “Persepolis” is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years… Continue reading The Complete Persepolis

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How the British Maintained Power in Undivided India

1) Patronage: the British center would become the patron of local elites by granting them economic (land titles) and political (making them nawabs, appointment to councils) influence, in exchange for their loyalty and commitment. 2) The Brits restricted the executive control of the administration & legislature, in the hands of different councils (viceroy’s council, etc).… Continue reading How the British Maintained Power in Undivided India

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Nuclear Arms Race – A Timeline

The following is a timeline of the nuclear arms race that I put together using different books and online sources during my high school days. I used this timeline to prepare for my final World History exam, and am posting it on my blog to help other students who, like me, just can’t get the… Continue reading Nuclear Arms Race – A Timeline

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Was Pakistan REALLY made for Islam?

Khalid bin Sayeed begins his article,Pakistan: The Formative Phase (1857-1948), with the simple question, “How does one explain the origin of Pakistan?”[1] and it is with this that he jumps straight to the crux of the matter. Was the creation of Pakistan a victory of religious ideals, a personal accomplishment of the great Mr. Jinnah, the… Continue reading Was Pakistan REALLY made for Islam?

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End-Term Presentation, and 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hitler.

It’s Friday evening, and along with two friends, I’m hunched over my laptop in the research lab, scanning pages and pages of information on the most popular demagogue of the twentieth century, none other than Adolf Hitler. Classes have ended for the day, and we’re are parched, each of us wishing we had a softmint… Continue reading End-Term Presentation, and 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hitler.

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Collapse of the USSR

I was recently engrossed in a debate about the importance of nuclear weapons, which inevitably led to a debate about the reasons for the collapse of the USSR. This post is going to focus on how internal factors were more important than external forces in bringing the Soviet Era to an end in 1991. The… Continue reading Collapse of the USSR