ATDT in Media

Pashtun Women Viewpoint – Pakistan: Torn Between Bhutto and ZiaKahar Zalmay

NH book launch in Islamabad (Credit: Strengthening Participatory Organization)

At the book launch of Nafisa Hoodbhoy ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ in Islamabad, the speakers who mostly belonged to Karachi and had seen the Pakistan that was before Zia-ul-Haq’s Marshal Law in 1977 reminisced the events led to Marshal Law, life during Zia’s brutal regime, the emergence of MQM and the ruthless tactics used by Jamat-i-Islami, one of the Islamist …

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TTP affiliates have dug into Karachi – ATDT author

PPP Senator Dr Karim Khawaja (left) listens to ATDT author

Karachi, Feb 6: The author of Aboard the Democracy Train, Nafisa Hoodbhoy, gave an international perspective on Pakistan’s political situation at a luncheon reception hosted by PPP Senator Dr Karim Khawaja at the Defense Housing Authority Club in Karachi. The get-together with PPP officials and senior television and print journalists became an occasion for the author to talk about how …

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Book launch: Violence we are reaping today, was sowed in ’80sBy Our Correspondent - The Express Tribune

Writer Aisha Siddiqa speaks at ATDT event (Credit: SPO Pakistan)

ISLAMABAD, Feb 20: Violence on campus was a gift from the right wing, and the politics of violence were introduced by the same students once they graduated. This was the consensus among speakers on Tuesday at the launch of journalist Nafeesa Hoodbhoy’s book, ‘Aboard the Democracy Train: A journey Through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy’. The gathering included many who …

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Nafisa pens down challenges to Pakistan in her bookThe Spokesman - Shanel Khaliq

Nafisa Hoodbhoy addresses Islamabad audience (Credit: SPO Pakistan)

ISLAMABAD, Feb 19: Aboard the Democracy Train, a book by Nafisa Hoodbhoy, launched on Tuesday at a ceremony organised by the Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO). In the book, the author recounts her experiences as the only female reporter of a leading daily newspaper at that time. “Unfortunately we are on a train that is leading us to a failed state, …

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“Aboard the Democracy Train” launched on 19th FebRadio Pakistan

Pakistan edition of ATDT on display at Islamabad hotel (Credit: SPO Pakistan)

ISLAMABAD, Feb 20: SPO Civic Café organized the launching ceremony of Prominent Journalist Ms. Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s book in Islamabad On the occassion‚giving the introduction of book Author Nafeesa Hudboy said‚ while living in the US‚ she wrote about her front line experiences of the period between 1988-1999. Then‚ working as the only woman reporter for the Dawn newspaper in Karachi‚ …

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Riding the democracy trainBy Our Staff Reporter - Dawn Newspaper

ATDT author at Islamabad book launch (Credit: Strengthening Participatory Organization)

ISLAMABAD, Feb 19: Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey through Pakistan’s last decade of democracy, was billed as a chronicler of the 1980s and the 1990s – a historical narrative that documents the degeneration of the country, under General Ziaul Haq and the events that followed. The hard back book, written by Nafisa Hoodbhoy, contained personal accounts of the author …

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ATDT Author Calls on Elite to Connect with the “Real Pakistan”

Nafisa Hoodbhoy presents her book at the Karachi Literary Festival

Karachi, Feb 17: Nafisa Hoodbhoy, author of Aboard the Democracy Train, a Journey through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy told a gathering at the Karachi Literature Festival on Sunday that the nation’s elite needs to connect with its own majority in order to understand the real Pakistan. Presenting her motivation for writing ATDT, while living in the US, Ms Hoodbhoy …

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ATDT Event at HPC

Nafisa Hoodbhoy speaking at HPC

Hyderabad, Feb 13: Aboard the Democracy Train  was launched on Wednesday at the Hyderabad Press Club amid a diverse gathering of professors, teachers, students, journalists and intellectuals. The event was addressed by Jami Chandio, Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Civil Society, Sindh University teacher, Amar Sindhu, journalist Ali Hassan, media personality, Anita Shah and moderated by president …

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“Aboard the Democracy Train” launching on 19th Feb

SPO launch of ATD (radio.gov.pk)

SPO Civic Café has organized the launching ceremony of Prominent Journalist Ms. Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s book in Islamabad Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s book is a gripping account of the two-terms each of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and Nawaz Sharif during 1988 to 1999. Both ascended the Prime Minister’s office through elections and both were sacked by the President of the time. Nafisa serving …

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ATDT Next Stop – Hyderabad Sindh

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After completing a successful launch in Karachi, Aboard the Democracy Train will launch its newly published Pakistan edition in Hyderabad on Feb 13 (Wednesday). The event will be addressed by Urdu and Sindhi speaking intellectuals at the Hyderabad Press Club at 5 pm. The program will be kept interactive in order to enable a free exchange of ideas on the …

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Call for Learning Lessons from Derailment of DemocracyBy Imtiaz Ali - thenews.com

The author speaks at ATDT book launch in Karachi (Credit: thenews.com.pk)

Karachi, Feb 2: Speakers at the launching ceremony of the book titled: “Aboard the Democracy Train: a Journey through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy”, authored by eminent journalist Nafisa Hoodbhoy, called for learning lessons from the derailment of democracy in the country in 1990s. The event was organised by the Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP) here on Saturday. “We should …

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ATDT First Stop – Karachi Feb 2

Arts Council, Karachi (Credit: artscouncil.com.pk)

The first edition of Aboard the Democracy Train in Pakistan will be launched at the Arts Council Karachi on Feb 2 at 6 pm (sharp). Speakers include Syed Jaffer Ahmed, Director Pakistan Study Center, Karachi University, Mohammed Hanif, journalist and author, Nazir Leghari, editor daily Jang newspaper and Zohra Yusuf, chairperson Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Introduction  by Zubeida Mustafa, …

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Five College Women’s Studies Research Center'Aboard the Democracy Train' in Center's News

FCWRSC in Western Mass. (Credit: facebook.com)

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center has received two grants through the Five College Digital Humanities Project supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grants will enable our Research Associates participating in our 2012-2013 theme of “New Media in Feminist Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism” to work closely with Five College faculty, staff and students to develop gender studies courses incorporating …

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Listen to author interview on ATDT on WBZC Boston radioDownload the radio interview of ATDT author & US peace activist

The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf’s avowed goal to reach the Waziristan area in Pakistan to protest against US drone attacks was never fulfilled, even as the political party announced it had achieved its goal. What were the goals that the PTI set out to achieve and what role did US peace activists play in it? In this radio report listen to two …

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Aboard the Democracy Train Reviewed in US based Pakistan LinkBy Syed Arif Hussaini - pakistanlink.org

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Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s book “Aboard the Democracy Train – A Journey through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy” is a gripping account of the two-terms each of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif during 1988 to 1999. Both ascended the Prime Minister’s office through elections and both were sacked by the President of the time on charges of corruption. Nafisa serving as the …

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‘ABOARD THE DEMOCRACY TRAIN’ COMING TO INDIA

The Indian edition of ‘Aboard the Democracy Train,’ will be released in India in September 2012, courtesy Anthem Press. Now, India may quench its curiosity about common heritage neighbor  - Pakistan – carved out of its territory 65 years ago by the British. The book has been written by the only woman reporter for the English language Dawn newspaper in …

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REVIEW By Muneeza ShamsieJournal of Post colonial Writing

In 1984, Nafisa Hoodbhoy became the first woman reporter at Pakistan’s leading English daily, Dawn, which had hitherto employed women journalists on its full-time staff only at desk jobs, as editors and subeditors. For a young woman reporter to travel to remote, conservative areas of Pakistan was both unusual and courageous. Hoodbhoy’s lively, and at times daring, eyewitness account provides many insights into Pakistan during her 16 years at Dawn.

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Read Review of ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ in Dawn

To read the review of ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ in Dawn please visit this link: http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/26/non-fiction-pakistan-through-a-journalists-lens.html

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Listen to Author’s interview on the Brian Lehrer Show

Nafisa Hoodbhoy, former staff reporter at Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper, former teacher at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Amherst College, and now author of Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy, discusses the politics of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region in the post-9/11 era, and how ethnic violence and women’s rights fit into Pakistan’s democratic history. …

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    "A powerful and courageous voice that represents the best of Pakistan’s emerging journalism… The first insider view of developments in...

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