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Politics of Opportunism

Political developments in Pakistan since 1999 have seen growing moves at power centralisation, accompanied by a curtailment of constitutional directives and other institutions of democratic governance. With western powers paying mere lip-service to universal civilisational principle, it is the politics of opportunism that now forms the new guiding principle much as it had during military regimes in another era.

Causes of Democratic Downslide

The dominance of the Punjabi and mohajir communities and the perceived bellicosity of India have played a deterministic role in the shaping of Pakistan. The elevation of national security as a topmost state concern and the growing centralisation of powers by a federal government has however led to a growing subordination of parliamentary procedures and the alienation of the smaller provinces. The latest constitutional reforms and a new government only heighten the inherent conflicts that democracy in Pakistan faces.

Juridical Construction of Community

A Question of Community: Religious Groups and Colonial Law by Amrita Shodhan; Samya, Kolkata, 2001; pp 222, Rs 350.

A Scholar's View

Mexico’s Political Awakening by Vikram K Chand; University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, US, 2001; pp 270, $ 20.00 (paperback), $ 40 (hardback).

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