Dispatches from Pakistan

Edited By: Madiha R. Tahir, Qalandar Bux Memon, Vijay Prashad
978-93-80118-03-1, LeftWord, 2012, pp. 327
Categories: International Studies/Politics/Current Affairs.
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About The Book:
A book that charts Pakistan’s aspirations and challenges.

Writing about Pakistan is cliché-ridden. Fear is the dominant motif: mullahs, terrorists, nuclear bombs. And beneath that is victimhood: refugees from floods and military adventures, women in burqas, emaciated children. Little of the actual fabric of everyday life comes across. Nothing of the struggles against neoliberalism, nothing of the struggles against the kleptocracy of Military, Inc. Nothing of the searing poetry from Gilgit, nothing of the graffiti from Gwadar.

Pakistanis are alive. Sold by governments who should save them, killed by secret agencies who should guard them, bombed by American drones, ‘structurally adjusted’ into starvation, beaten, rendered, tortured and disappeared, and yet, inscrutably, immutably, even joyously, they are still alive.

DISPATCHES FROM PAKISTAN is an introduction to that liveliness, with sixteen original essays that take us from Balochistan to Baltistan, and poetry from Jalib and Riyaz. This collection is essential reading for anyone who is invested in the social history of transformation underway in Pakistan.

With shrewd analysis rendered in accessible language, DISPATCHES lays plain the complex and vitally important conditions unfolding in 21st-century Pakistan.

MADIHA R. TAHIR is a multimedia and print freelance journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan. Her work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Herald, The Friday Times, as well as on Democracy Now!, PRI’s The World, Global Post and other outlets.

QALANDAR BUX MEMON is the editor of Naked Punch, a philosophy, art, and politics platform run by a collective of writers and activists. He is a lecturer of politics at Forman Christian University, Lahore, and cofounder of an intellectual café in Lahore called Café Bol.

VIJAY PRASHAD is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He is the author of several books, including The Darker Nations (The New Press and LeftWord, 2008), Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (A.K. Press and LeftWord, 2012) and the forthcoming The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso and LeftWord, 2013). He is the co-editor of Dispatches from Latin America (LeftWord and South End Press, 2006).
"The book is a valuable contribution to the understanding of a troubled country from well-known writers and journalists who have travelled and experienced first-hand many of the ominous developments." — The Hindu

"This book is a collection of some of the best research papers on Pakistan in recent times." —
Daily Times, Pakistan

"Unlike most recent books on Pakistan, Dispatches... doesn't predict a collapse of the state. Rather, its focus is on Pakistan's survival potential." —
Business Standard

"[F]antastic and serves as an antidote to much of the news coming out of Pakistan." —
Irtiqa blog
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