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Not An Elitist Media!

August 06, 2009

If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.
[Art Buchwald}

A momentous turn in the history of the media both electronic and print in Pakistan is the rule of law movement. No doubt, through the thick and thin of this movement it was proved that in the war against the elite classes, media especially electronic media can play a frontal role. It must be mentioned here that electronic and print media both reciprocate their influence on the formation of public opinion. Prior to that, media was considered an integral part of the elitist alliance. No doubt, it was so!

Creating Intellectual Capital: 2nd Consultative Meeting

The State Of The Intellectual Capital/Discourse In Pakistan

July 28, 2009

On 3rd July, 2009 was organized 2nd Consultative Meeting of selected social scientists, which was addressed and moderated by Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haque, former Vice Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), and currently Advisor IMF Institute, Washington, D.C. Leading experts from the fields of political science, philosophy, sociology, economics, and public policy belonging to various institutes participated.

Apocalypse, When?

July 25, 2009
 
For many groups like the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), World Population Day [today / this Saturday / July 11] is another chance to bemoan “the relentless growth in human population,” while the United Nations Population Fund says “stabilizing population would help sustain the planet.” The problem, however, is not population but poverty.
 

Bulldozers Can't Stop Slums

July 25, 2009 
 
After treading the red carpet at the Oscars in Los Angeles in February, the child stars of Slumdog Millionaire are on the streets: Mumbai authorities have demolished their flimsy shelters only three months after promising them real houses. Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali Qureshi are just two of some 60 million slum-dwellers in India and their Garib Nagar and Barat are just two of about 52,000 slums. 

The Costs Of Carbon Legislation

July 25, 2009

In two of his recent op-eds for the New York Times, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has challenged critics of the government's intentions to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, and he has even specifically endorsed the pending Waxman-Markey bill which includes a "cap-and-trade" program. According to Krugman, the costs of such legislation are no big deal, and in exchange we avert catastrophe. So why all the criticism?

Electricity Crisis And Our Fundamental Rights

July 22, 2009

For the last 62 years we the ordinary people of this country have been, and are still being, COERCED in the worst possible and worst imaginable manner by the elite and ruling classes of Pakistan. Take just one example that faces us at the moment: how we the common people are living day and night without electricity under 45 degree centigrade summer heat!

Creating Intellectual Capital And Changing The Climate Of Opinion: Building Institutional Mechanisms

July 13, 2009 

As part of its endeavor “Creating Intellectual Capital and Changing the Climate of Opinion: Building Institutional Mechanisms,” Alternate Solutions Institute has initiated a series of well-concerted consultative meetings. The first meeting of this series was held in a local hotel in Lahore on June 16, 2009 which focused on the issue of “Informing and Influencing Public Policy and Public Discourse.”

A. S. Institute Experiments A Get-Together

July 12, 2009

As part of its Students Outreach Project, Alternate Solutions Institute experimented a get-together in a local hotel in Lahore on April 2, 2009. About 35 selected students and young people were invited to the get-together and they were asked to bring one or two of their fellows and friends interested in ideas.  

The Battle Has Already Begun!

July 10, 2009

Here the point that needs to be highlighted is that government’s power to tax and regulate is not and should not be arbitrary and of the nature of extortion. However, practically and really it is more so in Pakistan. How can one on earth justify the levying of the tax on withdrawal of one’s own money from banks which has already been taxed at so many levels?

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