By Nafisa Hoodbhoy
‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ is ready politics and journalism in Pakistan. it's a gripping front-line account of the country’s decade of turbulent democracy (1988-1999), as instructed throughout the eyes of the one girl reporter operating through the Zia period at ‘Dawn’, Pakistan’s major English language newspaper. during this quantity, the writer unearths her special studies and assurance of ethnic violence, women’s rights and media freedoms. The narrative offers an perception into the politics of the Pak-Afghan quarter within the publish Sept. 11 period, and exposes how the absence of rule of legislation claimed the lifetime of its purely lady best minister.
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The same may be said, by extension, of its hyphennation: of the articulation of state to nation. Polities across the planet vary hugely in both the extent to which, and the manner in which, nation and state are conjoined in them, of which more shortly. In part, it is just such complexities that have led to reformulations of the argument from both sides—and to the opening up of a middle ground. Even those who have made the case most forcibly for the continuing relevance of the nation-state do not deny that it is undergoing transformation or that it has been weakened in some respects in the * .
For one, argues that the ‘‘development of the global capitalist system’’ has ‘‘not led to any withering away of the state’’ at all. Quite the opposite, the relevance of * . 6327 Comaroff / Millennial Capitalism... 30 11:35 ‘‘[nation-]state boundaries’’ has been heightened; contemporary states, especially successful ones, still ‘‘attempt to regulate, encourage or obstruct ﬂows of workers, capital and commodities across their borders’’ (). In stark contrast to the likes of Kurtzman (), Turner also speaks of the perceived ‘‘need for national economies to remain competitive under global conditions’’ (–); a far cry, this, from the notion that there no longer is any such thing.
With regard to the latter, in fact, Janet Roitman () demonstrates that, far from proclaiming the demise of the nation-state, these transnational networks exist in complicated, mutually perpetuating, often complicitous relations with it; this notwithstanding the fact that those who control the networks—often very powerful armed factions—compete with government for ﬁnancial and regulatory ascendancy. In doing so, they depend on the very national frontiers they transgress and the institutions of the state in order to produce wealth; conversely, the state establishes its own legitimacy, and justiﬁes its own existence, by doing battle with these armed factions.
Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey through Pakistan's Last Decade of Democracy (Anthem Politics and International Relations) by Nafisa Hoodbhoy