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Steve Edwards’s Reviews > Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan’s Last Decade of DemocracySteve Edwards's review Nov 26, 2017 (Goodsreads)

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Light on character development and providing few insights into the why? of deeply ingrained cultural traditions that superficially at least appear discriminatory, running contrary to values held dear by liberal “westernized” elites from democratic societies. Otherwise, for the outsider, an exposition of the defacto politics, current affairs and attitudes of a troubled region in the midst of fracticious change and …

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Behind the NewsSindhTV Interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSfTy1N_zL4)

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As the Obama effect wears off and a new sheriff comes to Washington DC, Nafisa Hoodbhoy analyzes the Trump effect on the global landscape, most prominently its impact on the Pakistan region. The interview was conducted by Sindh TV anchor Fayyaz Naich in Feb, 2017. It discusses Russia’s reinsertion in international politics and how Cold War tensions keep the US …

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`Riding the Democracy Train’ – Book ReviewBy Ibrahim Buriro (Sindh Express Newspaper) April 15, 2017

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Book Readers at Karachi Press Club get International Perspective on Pak PoliticsWhy Pakistan Finally Resolved to `Track the Threat Within'

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Karachi, March 10: Journalists, writers, poets and political activists heard Nafisa Hoodbhoy speak about the final updated edition of her book, `Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within,’ at an event held at the Karachi Press Club on Friday. Moderated by senior journalist and anchor person, Mujahid Barelvi, the audience also heard from former assistant editor of Dawn …

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BBC Film `Brides of the Quran’ on Youtube (Excerpt from `Aboard the Democracy Train’)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL0ffU0qSrI

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Journeying through interior Sindh, I stumbled upon large numbers of unmarried, graying women who lived in ancestral homes located in Hyderabad, Thatta, Matiari and Hala. Time hung heavy on their hands. Equipped with little education and no exposure to the outside world, these women had never been exposed to men in their lives. In 1992, during a journalistic jaunt, I …

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Aboard the Democracy Train: Make Sure it RunsBy Peter Jacob The Express Tribune September 21, 2016

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I borrowed the first half of topic today from the title of Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s book launched recently in Pakistan. In this nearly biographic work, she narrates her voyage as a journalist and activist in the 80s and 90s which I found particularly valuable for understanding the complexities of a fragile democratic arrangement that emerged after the sudden death of General …

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‘Pakistan Has Never Had a Functioning Democracy’THE WIRE Akbar Notezai Sept 17, 2016

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Nafisa Hoodbhoy, the first female reporter in Pakistan, talks about the country’s ties with China, civil-military relations, terrorism and much more. Nafisa Hoodbhoy is a senior Pakistani journalist and author based in the US. She recently authored Aboard the Democracy Train: Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within, a book about politics and journalism in Pakistan. As the only female reporter working …

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ATDT, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within, Now at Book Fairs

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Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within, recently published by Paramount Books, will be on display at the Annual Book Fair being held by Paramount in Karachi, Peshawar and Lahore. The 2016 edition of the book (first published by Anthem Press, London in 2011), will be featured at the book fairs being held from August 27 to September …

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Democracy was Disfigured Leaving Masses Disillusioned – SpeakersBy Qadir Ali, Daily Jang Quetta July 22nd, 2016

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Democracy was Derailed through ConspiraciesBALOCHISTAN TIMES, July 22nd, 2016

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2016 Edition of ‘Democracy Train’ Launched in Pakistan

The 2016 expanded edition of Aboard the Democracy Train has been successfully launched in Pakistan with a new sub-title, `Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within.’ The book brings readers up to speed with significant changes that have occurred in the region over the last few years. Beginning with the May 2011 raid by US Navy Seals that avowedly snatched and killed …

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Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s book launched in Quetta alsoPublished on – July 22, 2016 Balochistan Express By Akbar Notizai

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QUETTA: The 2016 Expanded Edition of “Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within” was launched on July 21 at Quetta Press Club Quetta. Speakers at the book launching ceremony said it was preplanned to distort the essence of democracy in the country, which is why the people showed aversion to democracy and politics. Through infiltration in ethnic, religious …

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Aboard the Democracy Train: Book Launched in QuettaBy Yahya Sahil Reki - Balochistan Voices

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Quetta, July 22: “Aboard the Democracy Train” book authored by Nafisa Hoodbhoy was launched in a ceremony held in Quetta Press Club, on Thursday. The book is about the journey of democracy in Pakistan and senior Journalist Nafisa Hoodbhoy has noted down her experiences while travelling in train with political leaders such as Late Benazir Bhutto at different points in …

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Speakers call for alternative narrative to establish tolerant societyDawn Newspaper Bureau Report

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PESHAWAR, July 19: Speakers at a book launching ceremony here on Tuesday said that the state narrative in the country only promoted extremism and intolerance in the society. There was dire need of an alternate narrative by the civil society and political forces to establish a tolerant and peaceful society where people of different faiths could enjoy equal rights, they …

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First Launch of 2016 Edition in Peshawar University on July 19

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The 2016 Expanded Edition of `Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within’ will be launched on July 19 in Peshawar University under the auspices of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. Peshawar has been selected as the venue for the launch of the book because of the city’s front line role in the Afghan war. In this …

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Next, the Expanded `Train’ Travels to Quetta

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Next, the book’s expanded edition – bearing the sub-title `Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within,’ – will be launched on July 21 in Quetta Press Club. The event will be addressed by political figures, civil servants and the intelligentsia. Quetta has been selected as the venue for the launch because of the economic opportunities being offered in Balochistan by China, via …

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Watch this Space for Info on Launch of Expanded Edition

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The 2016 expanded edition of Aboard the Democracy Train is coming soon to Pakistan with a new sub-title, `Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within.’ The book brings readers up to speed with significant changes that have occurred  in the region over the last few years.   Beginning with the May 2011 raid by US Navy Seals that avowedly snatched and killed …

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‘Aboard the Democracy Train is ‘key book’ on topic’ – Vikas DattaMay 25, 15

Another perceptive look into an embattled country and where Ms. Hoodbhoy scores is starting much earlier in a more dangerous decade which has however not got its adequate share of attention due to the lesser outward manifestations of violence, save in benighted Karachi and Sindh…. One little disconcerting issue is that in the post-9/11 account, all the personal touches disappear …

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Aboard the Democracy Train Reviewed Online

Aboard the Democracy Train has been reviewed by Book Club readers, starting in 2015, and some of their comments have been recorded below. Also listed below are the websites that can be accessed for reading ATDT and related books that are in the public domain. Re: Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy by Weenstoma …

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Few Hard Back Seats Left Aboard the `Democracy Train’Author's Note | May 11, 2014

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WASHINGTON DC/KARACHI: About a year after Aboard the Democracy Train was reprinted by Paramount Books in 2013 and launched across Pakistan, the hard back edition is practically sold out. A recent visit to the homeland revealed that non governmental organizations have been in the forefront of purchasing the book, which also documents the struggles by civil society for tolerance and …

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