Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan's Last Decade of Democracy

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Anthem Press, Apr 1, 2011 - History - 268 pages
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‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ is about politics and journalism in Pakistan. It is a gripping front-line account of the country’s decade of turbulent democracy (1988-1999), as told through the eyes of the only woman reporter working during the Zia era at ‘Dawn’, Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper. In this volume, the author reveals her unique experiences and coverage of ethnic violence, women’s rights and media freedoms. The narrative provides an insight into the politics of the Pak-Afghan region in the post 9-11 era, and exposes how the absence of rule of law claimed the life of its only woman prime minister.
 

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Unputdownable! Required reading for anyone who is interested in how Pakistan came into being, developed into the country that it is today and what it was like in between being the only women journalist during dictator Zia ul Haq's military rule. Nafisa Hoodbhoy is a an extremely brave and defiant woman and a great writer whose storytelling qualities enable one to live through the different times as she has. Certainly worth reading a second time.  

Contents

Aboard the Democracy Train
3
Ethnic Violence in Sindh
37
News is What the Rulers Want to Hide
61
Where Have All the Women Gone?
89
Uncovering a Murder
115
Pakistan in the Shadow of 911
149
The Democracy Train Revs for Motion
179
Epilogue
219
Select Bibliography
225
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Nafisa Hoodbhoy was staff reporter for ‘Dawn’, Pakistan's leading English language newspaper, from 1984-2000. During her 16 years of reportage, she covered issues of politics, parliament, crime, health, social welfare, women and human rights. She now works as a journalist on the Pak-Afghan region based in Washington, D.C.   She has researched and appeared in numerous documentaries on women in Pakistan, including those created by the BBC, Channel 4, Journeyman Pictures and Lifetime Television. While in Pakistan, she also worked as Assistant Producer for the Independent Broadcasting Associates and reported for the National Public Radio and U.S.-based women's radio stations.   In January 2001 Hoodbhoy received a Ford Fellowship to teach a course entitled 'Gender Politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran' at Amherst College, Massachusetts. Afterwards she designed and taught a course on post 9/11 developments in the region at UMASS, Amherst. She has written several articles on Pakistan and Afghanistan for various newspapers, including the Washington Post and the McClatchy group of newspapers.

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