Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Benazir Bhutto, Democracy and Women's Rights

I know! I know! a lot of you will not be happy that I post anything to do with Bhutto but like her or loath her she is an intellectual asset to the state of Pakistan. No one is perfect (especially our much beloved politicians in the world) and I am not going to go down the line of arguing for or against her, I'm sure you will find that in abundance in many local and national newspapers but what I do want us to appreciate is the way in which this woman thinks and expresses her views, her views seem progressive, if they materialise into action is up to you to decide.

Just two points I wish to make here, that quite possibly women (or anyone for that matter) like Bhutto are a blessing (yep blessing!) for understanding the + and - in humanity for if we were not faced with such individuals who challenge our standpoint on ethics and morality then there would surely be a void in society. In order to know something is 'wrong' we must be able to counter it with a 'right' and hence opposites are essential for a better life. Secondly, it is essential to understand that the politics and situation in Pakistan will effect the way in which British Islam develops since the majority of Muslims are of Pakistani origin and the numbers increase since a lot of the new generation of Muslims in the UK return back to their country of origin to marry. The changing political landscape of Pakistan precipitates into Britain in some way or another and so what leading politicians in South Asia say and do is something we should all be paying attention to.

1 comment:

  1. She is an absolute legend. Highly educated, intellectual, realistic and a fighter for democracy. It's a shame a handful of cowardly men don't realise this and take the decision to assassinate her rather than address the real problems of the Islamic country.