The Present is the living sum-total of the whole Past.
“Thomas Carlyle, Characteristics”
This website gives a glimpse into my motivation for writing ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ – on why millions of people in Pakistan have been thwarted from bringing about meaningful change inside the country. As the only woman reporter in Pakistan’s leading newspaper, Dawn (1984 – 2000), I was curious about the connection between day to day events and stored them in memory to tell the world some day about the larger picture.
My access to leading politicians and places would go on to feed a narrative on Pakistan that has normally been hidden from public view. In using my personae, I have tried to break down the complex history and politics of my home country – which despite its small size is a big player on the global scene.
Having relocated to the US shortly before 9/11, my position as reporter, academic and researcher would once again provide me a unique view of how the region changed in the US orbit of influence. `Aboard,’ is a current affairs book, where I have used my knowledge as a journalist on both sides of the Atlantic to trace the path taken by the nation to where it has arrived.
Through this website, I hope to get readers to read the book and pen down their thoughts about the humongous challenges that face Pakistan today.