Thursday, November 6, 2008

Reflections on women rights and status in Pakistan

After the post election results in American presidential elections a few thoughts come to mind about the situation of pakistani women and its slutions.As the womens rights and struggles evolved in USA in the last two centuries we can learn lessons .We find ourselves in a unique situation where we are in the twentyfirst century and pre American civil war situation as well.The complex issues of women political rights, such as voting bieng allowed and di sallowed at the same time, polio vaccination bieng given and rejected by certain population at the same time,the children bieng given modern education and schools bieng burnt in the name of talibanisation ,women attending offices parliament as members and women bieng killed inthe name of honor.The dillemma remains as how do we clear this mess of polarization of our society.The American society went through periods of change in a gradual and ladderstep fashion.We have a huge convoluted mass ,entangled snakepit of issues.We need to dis entangle it ourselves.If we use catch phrases as Bush and Musharraf did we will mess things further.Look at the mess of Iraq war and Afghanistan war America finds itself.It was this catchphrase war mentality that has put America back many centuries.We also must desist from this.The new solutions will be difficult but simple for Pakistan.We must reduce poverty and corruption,we must start simplicity in everything we do, maybe lean more towards left, we must expand middle class but do not follow consumerism and capitalism, maybe some form of Islamic socialism.WE must emphasize on values of liberty,fraternity,develop strong alliances with neighbours such a China, India,Iran,even Russia.Our foreign policy shift should reflect on our internal scene.We must start dialogue internally with a fresh clean slate.Talibanisation is a reflection of poverty, injusctice and warlording of groups in pakistan. This can only be solved by building a just society.The poor in the hills do not see an opportunity of sucess in this corrupt society so they follow extremist ideologies.Thanks to the Zia regime the adhoc military training of jihadis resulted in this mayhem.It is hoped that the new elected Pkistani legislators will understand the voice of the masses and help them overcome this horrible wave of violent self immolation of our society.

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