Tag: Asia

Pakistani Feudal Economy and the Asiatic Mode of Production

The Asiatic Mode of Production (AMP) figures prominently in early Marx as an explanation of a despotic mode of production that relied on centralized power and extraction of surplus labor in rural communities. Marx abandon this term in his later works and an explanation of his altered views on various modes of production can be…

Aljazeera English on Drone Attacks

The Listening Post, a weekly news show on Aljazeera, just aired their take on the drone attacks in Pakistan. I was asked to contribute a comment to this show, which is included in the show. I have also posted my full comment below the Aljazeera video. Aljazeera: The Listening Post  

Judiciary Again: Serving Their Masters

It is a recorded fact that the Pakistani justices have pretty much always provided a legalistic rationale for all military adventures in Pakistan. A sad and glaring example of that is the enigma of “doctrine of necessity” invoked by the justices in the mid-1970s to provide a justification for Zia-ul-Haq’s illegal and unconstitutional regime. We…

Pakistaniaat: Vol. 4, No. 1 Published!

Dear All: I just wanted to inform you that the first issue of the fourth volume of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies has now been published. This makes it our exciting fourth year of publishing this leading journal on Pakistan. Many thanks to our contributors, our all-volunteer staff, and, especially, to our new layout…

J Salik and the World Minorities Alliance

By far the crowning event of my recent visit to Pakistan was a meeting with Julius Salik. A towering figure in the history of Pakistani activism, J Salik has fought all his life for the rights of the poor and the weak. He has now launched a more ambitious and revolutionary project: The World Minorities…

Shun Bureaucracy to Save Democracy!

Now that the PPP government is planning to create the proposed Saraiki province before its term ends, it might also take another big step to give real administrative powers to provinces by dissolving the current bureaucratic structure all together “The civil service’s falling standards impact mostly Pakistan’s poor, widening social and economic divisions between the…

Research Questions about Pakistan

Aima Agha, working on a research project on Pakistan, has sent us the following statement/ set of preliminary questions. She would be grateful if you could take a few moments to respond using the comment form. Moment or Movement?  The big question for those of us who follow Pakistani news – every now and then,…

US-Pakistan Need Better Stories

“Those who tell the stories rule society.” (Plato) “But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” (Kahlil Gibran) Last week I traveled…