Kashmir by-poll: When democratic practice turns into a catastrophe

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Arif Khan

A thematic scrutiny of electoral system in a democracy would entail at least a conversation on the existential situation of a state and the purpose of government as advocated by different political scientists. While dealing with state and government, a sort of scholastic vibes of light would be directed to cast upon the election system. The light so cast is anticipated to take us to two discrete sides: whether our system could really address problems related to elections and if our existing rules and norms meet electioneering processes, especially in Kashmir.

Criminalisation of politics and politicisation of criminals are not only the features in our political structure but have become the basis for entire political gimmicks. Stories of capturing, rigging, bogus voting, impersonation, misuse of religions, caste and tribal identities, and various other corrupt practises are the greatest challenges to democracy.

The recent by-poll in Kashmir has…

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Parallels between Indian and Palestinian Partition

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Inamul Haq

Partition, whether in the Indian Sub-continent or in Palestine, is considered as a catastrophe in history, resulting in lakhs of casualty. Stanley Wolpert describes Partition as a “shameful flight” of the British colonialists. For their survival and benefit, the British partitioned both India and Palestine on societal, ethnic, ideological, religious/sectarian, and geographical lines.

During August 1947 in India and again nine months later (May, 1948) in Palestine, the problem of post-colonial governance and social order was resolved by the partition of land on the basis of identity, religion, and ethnicity. It is noteworthy that partition has no consistent meaning for the populations across these countries and can be understood in the context of detailed, specific memories, images, and stories remembered and transmitted by the individuals. In the Indian sub-continent, partition is a highly charged, clashing set of images, memories mainly related to the personal and national identity…

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Incoherent thoughts.

The world seems to have encountered some turbulence lately with every region facing turmoil in one form or the other. Clashes in Venezuela, protests against police brutality in France, lone wolf attacks in Europe, famine in Africa, rising incidence of rape in South Africa, political instability in Korea,  a dose of daily absurdity from the …

Internet Is Not a Holy Place, says British Muslim Scholar

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Mujeeb Jaihoon

Many religious-minded youths today look upon the internet as a source for spiritual enlightenment. In their zeal for outright righteousness, they innocently fall prey to many half-baked scholars, who are driven more by agitation than conviction.

“The Internet is not a holy place for spiritual seekers,” said Abdal Hakim Murad, formerly known as Timothy John Winter, in a conversation with Mujeeb Jaihoon, the UAE-based Indian author and wanderer, during his visit to the renowned academic city of Cambridge. This University City is the latest in Jaihoon’s intriguing tours to leading cradles of medieval cultural centers, which include Jordan, Palestine, Samarkand, Bukhara, Kashgar, Mughal India and Tbilisi.

Educated at Cambridge, Al-Azhar, and London universities, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is a leading British Muslim scholar and researcher, who is currently serving as Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cambridge University and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson…

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MODEL TOWN MASSACRE – IS THE QUEST FOR JUSTICE ELUSIVE?

The Grumpy Doctor

It was a massacre that shook the nation. On 17 June 2014, 14 political activists of Pakistan Awami Tehreek were shot dead by police at Minhaj-ul-Qura’n secretariat, Model Town, Lahore. This illegal and unannounced operation was carried out by Punjab police before Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s arrival and the only agenda behind this midnight operation was to harass the people and keep them from joining Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s antigovernment movement. Police tortured elderly, women and children which was live broadcasted on all national and local TV channels. They opened fire on the unarmed and peaceful workers and killed 14 people including 2 pregnant women and leaving hundreds of youth injured and disable for the rest of their lives.

PMLN and Sharifs bear a long legacy of state-sanctioned police brutality against their political opponents and model town massacres on 17th July 2014 and police brutality against the unarmed and peaceful protestors on 31

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Our future appears dark.

Pakistan emerged on the world map in 1947 after getting independence from the British colonialists, the new state came into being with a dream. A dream where human potential would flourish, where an egalitarian society would be set up to raise the bar for everyone else to follow. However about 70 years later the nation state is now struggling to steer clear from the path of self destruction.

STOP COMPARING WOMEN TO CANDIES AND MOBILE PHONES

The Grumpy Doctor

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“A man asked a Muslim man: Why do your women cover their bodies and their hair? The Muslim man smiled and took two candies; he opened one and kept the other closed. He threw them both on the dirty floor and then asked: If I asked you to take one of the candies, which one would you choose? The man replied: The covered one. Then the Muslim man said: That’s how we see and treat our women.” (Author unknown)

I’ve been reading similar stories trying to make sense of hijab by using a particular analogy, like sweets and i-phones. At first glance, these stories appeared succinct and ingenious all at once. It’s probably the best way to convey the purpose of the hijab through a short story full of shrewd analogies. In fact, when I was young I used to love these stories as they made perfect sense to me. I…

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Shifting social norms to stop violence against women.

Social and cultural norms can either protect women against abuse and violence or they can encourage the use of violence against them. The culture of violence against women persists in Pakistani society because it’s deemed acceptable. A religious and traditional belief that men are superior to women and they have a right to control them with use of force and discipline them through physical means makes women vulnerable to violence

دیکھتے رہے میرے قافلے کو زمانے والے

دیکھتے رہے میرے قافلے کو زمانے والے  اور جان سے جاتے رہے جان سے جانے والے  ظلم پر ظلم سہا ، شکوہ ظلمت شب نا کیا  خود سو گیے اوروں کو غفلت سے جگانے والے  خون شہیداں کی تاثیر میں ہی زرخیزی ہے  اٹھیں گے دیوانے اور ہمارا علم اٹھانے والے  ہم بھی منصور ہیں …

Solving The Media Paradox

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Syria faces the worst migration crisis with lesser media representation. Kashmir faces worst state-terrorism with no popular attention of international media. Organized Rohingya genocide by Burmese Government is not the major concern of media which runs on issues and events. In comparison, death of Whites in Gays club seize the marathon coverage of media. Why is media so conservative and stereotyped in highlighting issues, it is worth-asking question.Why does media play double standard role in down-playing some incident or event. Why does it magnifies an issue to such an extent that it over-shadows many important aspects?
Firstly, global commercial media system is dominated by a small number of super-powerful mostly american based transnational media corporations.
Secondly, many interest groups manipulate the media for their own interests because they contribute in giving revenue to media in terms of advertising.
Thirdly, many of the large media corporations in all over the world…

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خاموشی سے مرو ورنہ ایران دفع ہو جاؤ

دنیا بھر میں انسانی بنیادوں پر یہ اصول رائج ہے کہ کسی بھی گھر میں فوتگی ہو جائے تو محلے والے اور جاننے والے آتے ہیں ، افسوس کرتے ہیں، مرحوم کے لواحقین کو اپنی ہمدردی اور حمایت کا یقین دلاتے ہیں۔ اگ… Source: خاموشی سے مرو ورنہ ایران دفع ہو جاؤ

WILL SOMEONE STAND AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND MISCONDUCT IN PAKISTAN?

The Grumpy Doctor

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding inside Pakistan as thousands of citizens from every walk of life are protesting against the prime minister after his mega corruption was exposed in Panama papers. The Papers appear to have badly dented the credibility of the Prime Minister. Sharif made a couple of media appearances but failed to reply to Panama Leaks revelations. Citizens, since then, are on roads protesting and demanding his resignation.

Despite remaining peaceful on the whole, the protesters have been met with needless escalation and indiscriminate violence by taxpayer-funded, heavily militarized law enforcement protectors of lives of citizens — whose vested interests in maintaining law and order apparently trump human rights and basic decency.

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On Thursday, tensions exploded when law enforcement — armed with lethal and nonlethal weaponry — implemented section 144 and declared major areas of capital a no-go zone and descended on PTI’s youth convention that were planning…

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Quetta bleeds yet again.

Terror struck once again at the heart of Baluchistan. 61 police cadets including one military captain embraced martyrdom and almost 117 were injured when the Police Training Centre in Quetta was attack last night by "unknown" terrorists. According to eye witness reports, the terrorists struck around 930 pm when the cadets had gone to sleep. 3-5 terrorists stormed the watch tower of the academy which was manned by only 1 guard who did not have appropriate weapons to respond to the initial attack, as a result the guard had to abandon his post. This allowed the terrorists to storm the academy and carry out a free run massacre of "unarmed" cadets who were not even supposed to be in the academy as all of them had passed out and gone to their homes 2 days ago, but for some unknown reason these cadets were called back to the academy.

When abusing the women becomes a norm. | #ThaparWala

This list could have been very lengthy, there are clips which cannot be shown here, incidents which are too explicit to be shared. But they all point towards a single problem and that is our inability to see our own faults. As I said earlier, it is not about uniform versus media, it is about injustice and oppression. We have oppressed our nation willingly, we don`t like to face the monsters in our closet. Every time a problem surfaces, we divert it towards something else. That guard slapped the female reporter not because she tugged on his uniform, but because somewhere deep in his mind he believed that women are inferior and that his uniform will help him get away unscathed. The issue was the way we treat women, but our pseudo-intellectuals or the moral brigade turned it into a matter of Uniform vs media. Which is yet another problem, people in uniform should not be immune, they deserve our respect but this doesn`t mean every individual wearing a uniform is above the law.

When a woman sees glory

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What is status of woman in our society?
It poses a challenging question.
Girl is not liked even woman does not like to give birth to baby girl. There is psychological conditioning in their mind that woman is other name of slavery and servitude. Daughter is great workforce in the family, wife is source of solace and satisfaction and mother is repose of affection.
There is always preferential politics in the families. Boy will be regarded blue-eyed of the family and girl has to serve them. Boy will deal in offers with parents where as girl will succumb to parents wishes.
She is always in the fire to be burnt in pursuit of men’s desire.It becomes heavy toll on parents to protect the growing baby girl. She is taught and psychologically conditioned that woman has to remain in the environs of home.She is not considered protected jewel but a roaming…

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Aiman’s Suicide story

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Once I was child, I always stereotyped things in best fit frames of life. When I started school, I tried to discover the world from un-walled environs.Hoping to come up to the expectations is worst psychological pressure, a student always meet in his life. I felt the burden of being praised and honoured.
Once I read these news.It reminded me of all the vicious circle of psychological pressures in my life.
Aiman was just 16 years old with all the youthful energy to see dreams and try to cash them. She was innocent angel who went to exam to prove her parents that “آپ کی بیٹی پڑھ سکتی ہے۔”.What her villagers are saying to parents that “بیٹی کو پڑھا کر کیا کرنا ہے”,I will prove them wrong.I will prove my parents right for allowing me to go school.
She huddled herself in poor house and studied till late night.Next day…

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THE LEGACY WE LIVE WITH

The Grumpy Doctor

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The treatment of minorities in the judicial system, under the blasphemy law, has become the most profound human rights crisis facing Pakistan in 2016. SC’s failure to hold the pressure of religious fanatics and refusal to Asia Bibi’s final appeal hearing not only undermines any progress that we have made in ensuring NAP but also calls into doubt our faith in the rule of law.

In practice, the blasphemy laws has become an instrument of rivalry, personal vendetta and maleficent motive. Mostly, the accused has never even committed any blasphemy and it’s just the violent extremism that’s being justified in the name of fighting blasphemy. This practice reviews the effects of unequal treatment on the religious minorities in particular and on the criminal judicial system generally.

Today, the stories of minorities being mistreated are so frequent and the loss of a human life at the hands of fanatics acting under the name of…

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Will Shia lives ever matter?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43JYY5Ha6xI Last night I saw the news of four women murdered by “unidentified assailants”after being recognized as Hazara Shia populating my Twitter feed. I was disturbed and eager for more details so I turned the television on but couldn’t find anything of much relevance so I kept scrolling through my news feed and these details, as …

Medical school – Expectation vs Reality

Since childhood, I had romantic notions on the life of a doctor. Glory, respect, prestige and honor came into my mind whenever I looked at medical profession. The sense of power, satisfaction and fulfillment that comes with being a healer always appealed to me in an instinctual way. And I was still a child when I had decided to become a doctor. I’ll complete my schooling, pass the MCAT, go to a med school, do my internship at some fancy big hospital and become a cool doctor to serve the humanity, be a hero.