WASHINGTON DIARY: A united Pakistan
by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA
June 2nd, 2009
Dr. Manzur Ejaz’s note – This column has been written as a student of Political Economy and not from any patriotic inkling. So, please comment from that angle if you want to.
Sri Lanka took more than two decades to suppress Tamil separatists and prevailed. The Pakistani state, with its powerful institutions and military, can get the job done in the northwest in a much shorter period.
For some time now, several elements in the US intelligentsia, military strategists, Indian analysts and even some Pakistani intellectuals have been declaring Pakistan a failed state that will disintegrate in the near future.
WASHINGTON DIARY: Changing course
by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA
Courtesy: Wichaar.com, May 26th, 2009
Foreign pressure may have played some role in getting the government and the military to confront the Taliban, but it was the Taliban’s own actions that triggered the operations. Every day, I run into people who were all committed to Islamisation and indirectly support the Taliban by putting the entire blame on the United States. In a dramatic turn, they now blame the military for taking so long to fight back against the Taliban! For the first time, a group hastily organised a rally demanding strict action against the Taliban in front of the hotel where President Asif Zardari was staying in Washington during his US visit. Two main Urdu weekly newspapers, the Pakistan Post and the Urdu Times, have announced a major convention to be held in New York against Taliban terrorism.
Wasshington Diary: Change of seasons and Dreams
by Dr. Manzur Ejaz, May 12th, 2009
When we were lion-hearted, when the tidal waves of our thoughts were keen to demolish every boundary, when a new flower buds like our soft souls looking for excuses to fall in love, when every dream seemed realizable, when every day came with a new dream and every night opened a mysterious book revealing secretes of times to dawn, when death was unbecoming inevitable, when life’s ocean had no shores, that was the time our good fortunes waited for the fragrance of new seasons. Those times whirled around us like youthful leopards. That was our time sowing seeds of new dreams and looking for blossoming. Those were the times when no one was born old.
WASHINGTON DIARY: Power of myth
– Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA
Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com
Most objective observers believe that Justice Chaudhry is considered politicised not because of his speeches but due to the suo moto actions he took against powerful persons and business entities.
Dr Manzur Ejaz
Credible research has proven that children who know their mother tongue well have a much better chance to master other languages. But in the Pakistani educational system, the poisonous injection of alien language to tender minds results in a deep inferiority complex
An overhaul of the entire curriculum is a prerequisite for any positive change in the Pakistani psyche. Unfortunately, it is reluctantly being done under US pressure, which is leading to misperceptions of its own
“Was Aurangzeb a brutal emperor?” a fairly educated journalist asked me, after watching the play The Trial of Dara Shikoh. The question was revealing because it shows that the teaching of history leaves with our students concocted fiction rather than fact-based records of the present and past.