Category: Asia

The Pakistani Awakening: Imran Khan’s Azadi (Feedom) March 2014

The 14th of August 1947 marks a very auspicious day for every Pakistani, as it is the day that Pakistan became a state and gained its independence from India. After sixty-seven years of independence, the 14th of August 2014 marks yet another sea change in the Pakistani political diaspora, as Imran Khan, leads what he terms as a mass social awakening through his Azadi (Freedom) March.

An immovable object and an unstoppable force: the Uyghurs and Beijing

Mubashar Hasan discusses the political dynamics between the ethnic Uyghur and the Chinese administration. In this post the author argues “…Unless China is willing to pursue a more nuanced, diplomatic and inclusive approach to integrate Uyghurs, and Uyghurs choose to deal with the Chinese administration through civil and political channels, we can expect to see further clashes in the Xinjiang province over the coming years.

Globalisation in Bangladesh: The School of Rock and the Soldiers of God

Mubashar Hasan examines the rise of ‘rockization’ and Global political Islamist parties as conflicting aspects of globalization in Bangladesh. He argues, “unavoidable discursive transnational forces of globalization disrupt the nature of traditional culture, social boundaries and foster the rooted cosmopolitanism within Bangladeshis where agents for consumer cultures and rebels of globalisation who themselves are products of globalisation, are maneuvering.”