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Personal Names in Pakistan

The choice of personal names of Pakistani Muslims is discussed along three parameters--beliefs about names, naming practices, and the influence of Islam on both--while the religious orientation of society is manifested by the people's desire to choose names from Arabic and Persian. These names do not necessarily conform to strict Islamic norms. Such names, as well as names based on natural objects and phenomena, still remain in vogue, especially in the rural areas. The most widely held belief is that names have an effect upon personality or that they can be inauspicious.

Understanding What Has Gone Wrong in Pakistan

Rentier Capitalism: Disorganised Development and Social Injustice in Pakistan by Shahid Ahmed, UK: Palgrave Macmillan UK, March 2016; pp 248, $120(hardcover).

What's Wrong with Indonesia's Democratisation?

Indonesia's democratisation is not making much sense even to its major potential pro-democratic force - the people at large - as a way of promoting ideas and solving conflicts. There is an urgent need for a third path between determinism and idealism, that aims at substantial democratisation not in terms of good outcome for all but the promotion of citizen's actual capacity to make use of and further improve civil and democratic rights and institutions.

Globalisation and the Budget

Indian institutions such as the law courts, ports, customs, taxation, stock exchanges, banks and others relating to infrastructure creation and maintenance do not function efficiently. Unless India urgently undertakes vital reforms to set its institutions right, higher levels of growth and development may not be possible.
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