Ayaz Amir: Punjab and Ranjeet Singh

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People have been predicting a Punjab centered political awakening for years and it hasnt happened, but this time may be different. Is the Punjabi elite going to recover from its one-unit hangover and get with the program? Why not trust the people and use their pent up energies? A democratic Pakistan suits Punjab more than anyone else, but direct links with the army and bureaucracy have long channelled Punjabi energies into self-defeating authoritarianism and its problem child, religious fundamentalism. Will that finally change?
This particular article, by the way, takes Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s name almost in vain. he starts the topic and then moves on to making snide remarks about Salman Taseer. – Omar.
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Punjab and the study of Ranjit Singh

Islamabad diary
Friday, January 16, 2009
by Ayaz Amir
At this juncture, when the seven tribal agencies along the Afghan frontier are lost to any form of government control, and Swat–once paradise on earth, now very much a picture of hell–is returning to the Middle Ages, and most of Balochistan is stricken with discontent, and the army no longer commands the moral authority it once did, does Punjab, elder brother in Pakistan’s besieged federation, understand its historic responsibility?

It is no manifestation of Punjabi chauvinism, and no disrespect to the other provinces, to say that Punjab is the pivot around which Pakistan revolves. This is a simple statement of fact based on geography, population and economic clout. For too long Punjab’s greater weight relative to the other provinces got translated into an argument for political domination which did Pakistan no good. In fact, Punjabi domination was one of the curses leading to East Pakistani alienation and the breakup of Pakistan.

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Sindhi dance competition- Koshi Lalvani Thirills Dubai

Dubai: Well known Sindhi singer/producer/ director( the awakening) Koshi Lalwani and friends organized a Sindhi dance competition in Dubai 15/1/2009 at high school. Koshi Lalwani the Dubai based producer of the crossover Sindhi film THE AWAKENING. The objective behind NACH NACH is to encourage inspire and provide credible platform to the youth to showcase their dance TELNET says Koshi, the beauty of the performance channelizes their efforts. We have invited noted personalities of the cinema to judge the performances, including PREETI JHANGIANI, SHABINA KHAN, NEETA LULLA, Koshi says.

January 17, 2009

Malaysia allocates 21/% of its overall budget to education as compared to 1.06% of Pakistan

by Azhar Ali Shah, University of Nottingham, UK
Indeed we need a person like Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysian First Prime Minister) to unite the people and launch new education and economic policies (as done by succeeding Malaysian PMs) giving education the highest allocation in the budjet rather than military.
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Malaysia allocates about 21/% (2007 budget) of its overall budget to education as compared to 1.06% of Pakistan (2008 Budget). I provide the sources of these figures bellow for comparison purpose: Malaysian Budget 2007 (V): Enough on Education?

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