Washington DC Discussion – Those who Control Pakistan’s National Narrative do not allow other Ideas

By Khalid Hashmani

Washington D.C. – On February 19, 2010, the South Asia Studies program of School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) organized yet another (SAIS) thought-provoking discussion with Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa. The writings of Dr. Siddiqa, who was once the Director of Naval Research with Pakistan Navy, have boldly challenged supremacy of Pakistani military and hegemony of thought process imposed by the growing religious coalition in Pakistan. Her two books Military Inc, Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy and Pakistan’s Arms Procurement and Military Buildup exposed the Pakistan military’s growing hold on the decision making process and gaining effective control of politics and economy of Pakistan. Although the title of her session “Salvaging Pakistan: The Changing Face of Civil Society” has mild connotations, her hard-hitting presentation and her responses in the follow-up Q&A session were not only provocative but also challenged many of the current assumptions and predicaments. She spoke in no uncertain terms that the extremism will continue to engulf Pakistan unless the the current national narrative of Pakistan is changed and there was a genuine tolerance for religious diversity in terms of other religions and other Muslims whose opinions differed from Sunni-Devbandi-wahabi ideology.

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The Entrepreneurial Sindhi Presentation by Neil Daswani, PhD

A review by Khalid Hashmani

A fellow Sindhi sent the links for the following six “YouTube” videos containing a thrilling presentation on “The Entrepreneurial Sindhi”

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF9cudirCBY&feature=related

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqzxax6bcgs&feature=related

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EJUmqBNdQA&feature=related

4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtJkNPh3n8M&feature=related

5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utJ8qHHOIIE&feature=related

I went through all six videos and was quite impressed by the style and the content of Dr. Daswani’s presentation. My notes from that review are shared herein in the hopes that many more Sindhis, particularly those young Sindhis who want to become successful entrepreneurs, will go through this presentation and apply some of things that Neil Daswani recommends and go on to reach new heights.

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