Post Tagged with: "Pakistan"

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Source: Flickr

Believing in yourself: impressions of my first month at Oxford University

Standing inside the Blavatnik School of Government and gazing at the words ‘Oxford University’, which are written on the backdrop of the stage, took me back to depth of my childhood memories. Getting my early education from a small place in District Chakwal of Pakistan, I heard about the stories […]

by × 18 October 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Women in Pakistan waiting to vote, 2013. Image: DFID UK

Pakistan’s election: views from Blavatnik School students and alumni

On Wednesday 25 July, Pakistan held its general election which resulted in Imran Khan’s victory after a controversial political campaign. We have asked some of our Pakistani alumni for their thoughts about the election. Wasif Rehman is a current Master of Public Policy student (MPP 2017) and the recipient of […]

by × 03 August 2018 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Pakistani flag. Source: Pixabay.

Why Pakistani liberals are unable to resolve their Balochistan dilemma

To remain Pakistani, they cannot endorse Baloch independence. To remain liberal, they cannot honestly believe in Pakistaniyat. Pakistani liberals fight many fights that ultimately benefit the people and polity of the country. They fight for greater democracy, for women, for minorities, for the environment, for secularism. These fights are difficult, […]

by × 26 August 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Parade for India's Republic Day at the Ananda Shila School, Jharkhand state, India. Source: Wikimedia.

Headstart: Does it matter in institutionalizing democracy? The Indian example

They say that the first five years in the life of a child are crucial for her sound development, both emotionally and physically. In those years, especially the first three, a child’s foundation is built which then forms the basis for her future development. Thus a child who has access […]

by × 26 January 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Men praying at the Blue Mosque (or Shrine of Hazrat Ali) in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Will moderate Muslims please stand up?

Each time a terror attack carried out by Muslim militants wrecks a Western country, Muslims from across the world take to electronic and social media to condemn the horrific act, dissociate themselves from the perpetrators and defend Islam as a religion of peace. Despite these condemnations, moderate Muslims have neither […]

by × 23 November 2015 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

A photo from Umushyikirano - National Dialogue Council 2013, Rwanda Parliament. Source Flickr Creative Commons

Where are the women? Some lessons for Pakistan from Rwanda

In Rwanda there is a saying. “The woman is the heart of the house, so if your heart is working well the whole body is also to benefit.” Many people in Pakistan may only relate Rwanda with the 2004 Hollywood flick, Hotel Rwanda, which tells the compassionate tale of a […]

by × 13 November 2015 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Quratulain Fatima in her Pakistan Air Force uniform

Rewards beyond dreams – From Pakistan to BSG

With almost five days left until my arrival at the City of dreamy spires – Oxford – I am currently finalising my preparations, or to be precise my luggage contents. As I perch my laptop on my lap and sit back writing this blog, I now look back to my […]

by × 09 September 2015 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Peshawar school attack: Will it be a turning point in the war against terrorism?

Peshawar school attack: Will it be a turning point in the war against terrorism?

Welcome to Denialistan and Contradictionistan. Yes, all this has happened in the “land of the pure” and there are no signs of it coming to an end in the near future. Will this prove to be the turning point in the war against extremism and terrorism? At least, I am not optimistic. Here are my reasons.

by × 17 December 2014 ×