Why Nations Fail; A Case Study of Pakistan

‘Why Nations Fail: the origins of power, prosperity, and poverty is a research-based book authored by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson and it discusses at length the huge power differences between rich and poor nations around the globe. By analyzing data and historical roots of different countries, the authors conclude that it is mainly the institutional structure of the nations that determine their progress; “it is the political process that determines what economic institutions people live under, and it is the political institutions that determine how this process works”.

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Understanding ‘Self’ Sociologically And Theologically

Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a prolific Muslim philosopher who envisioned the idea of Pakistan. These both claims Muhammad Iqbal as a “Muslim philosopher” and “his vision” for a separate homeland are highly contested. But such controversies do not lessen the intellectual sheen and grace of his philosophy rather it makes it more interesting and deep. Karl Popper has settled the matter: “the growth of knowledge depends entirely upon disagreement”.

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The immiserizing state of education in ‘Naya Pakistan’

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) government has completed two and a half years of its tenure, and the education sector of Pakistan seems not quite much to be in line with the party’s already-set manifesto pertaining to the education system. In the year 2013, before coming into government, PTI painted a picture of its ‘six-point education policy’ framework that is intended to put into practice.

The six points that were to become part of PTI’s election manifesto, were; one education system for all, reengineering governance based on complete decentralization, increasing budget funds, adult education, teacher training, and information and communication technology. Currently, the government looks unable to materialize these points into reality.

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