Archive | March, 2012

The Hindu : Life & Style / Kids : Celebrating Pi day


I know one more person that is also a Pi (born on 3.14).  I happen to be a couple decimal points ahead on the number line. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 since the day is denoted as 3/14 in the month-day format. Most of you know that the ratio of the circumference to the […]

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Clicktivism is ruining leftist activism | Micah White | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk


Had never heard of Clicktivism until a few hour ago today.  The term hasn’t yet made it to wikipedia but returns lots of hits on a google search(> 827K).  There is also slacktivism–described as the feel good sort of ‘tivism’, which is an end in itself, rather than a mean toward another end. A battle […]

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Politics of the Face | Pakistan Today | Latest news | Breaking news | Pakistan News | World news | Business | Sport and Multimedia


Another fine piece on the ‘Saving Face’–Politics of the Face–written by Haris bin Munawar was sent to me by a friend today.  Am pasting the last paragraph from it at the end of this note.  The passage reminds me of something I read couple years back. It was some statement about this unbridgeable gap between […]

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One Million Signatures Campaign…دس لاکھ دستخط کیلئے مہم


I am posting this message as a friend of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), which has recently started a campaign to collect one Million Signatures on a message to the government of Pakistan and Pakistani politicians urging them to take practical steps to ensure provision of educational services as a ‘basic right’ for all children aged 5-16.  Follow […]

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Individual-Communal tension and argument for citizenship in ‘Islamdom’


Nawaf Salam, a Lebanese diplomat/scholar, claims that ‘Orientalist’ scholarship, including of course the work of Bernard Lewis I cited earlier on this blog, makes a mistake in claiming that Islam privileges communal over individual. Since modern notions of citizenship privilege individual liberty, it follows that a discourse puts premium on communal identity is in conflict […]

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Public Sphere as transient and contingent on action


More on public sphere, this time from Hannah Arendt [HA]. [The other related posts that you may want to see are this, this, this, and this.] HA deliberated much on public sphere and the idea of citizenship. Her book The Human Condition is worth laying your hands on if you are interested in debates related to public sphere […]

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The Meaning of Privatization


Most of us keep using the term ‘privatisation’ as if it has one meaning. The article that I link below is a fine informative piece on the ‘theory and rhetoric of privatisation’ in the Western societies. But we need to recognise that in some societies the state and politics worked to to protect the ‘private […]

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Public/Private distinction in Islam


The distinction between the public and private spheres is at the heart of modernity. Western political systems jealously guard and uphold this distinction. The Western political thought is organised around this duality and the debates typically focus on which aspects of individual, social and political experiences of the society are to be assigned to public […]

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The notion of citizenship in Islam


Bernard Lewis claims that the idea of citizenship is alien to Islamic political culture. There isn’t even a word for it.  I do not know of a possible transliteration of the word ‘citizen’ in Arabic.  In urdu, however, ‘shehri’ seems to be a very close transliteration.  But was the word shehri not also used for […]

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Education Week: Startups Seek to Master the Education Market


It has begun to happen big time–this flow of venture capital into education market. The private sector’s stake in public schools have always been there.  The textbook sector and school meals sectors, for example, which are also mentioned in this article. But flow of venture capital into education markets has only recently exploded. Less than […]

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