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Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey through Pakistan's Last Decade of Democracy (Anthem South Asian Studies) Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Yasmin -The book is absolutely great. It shows how it is so difficult to get good governance and true democracy in Pakistani orthodox society.
‘Hoodbhoy’s lively, and at times daring, eye-witness account provides many insights into Pakistan during her sixteen years at Dawn [and] reveals complex political machinations as well as the many shortcomings of the Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif governments, including flagrant corruption… Her harrowing and riveting tale [draws its value from] the events that she reported and witnessed and which provide the key to the discordant forces battling for control in Pakistan today.’ — Muneeza Shamsie, ‘Journal of Postcolonial Writing’
‘…A remarkably readable and anecdotal account of events in Pakistan. […]Hoodbhoy provides an excellent perspective to a foreign reader of life in Pakistan when, in spite of many dichotomies and contradictions, people co-existed in relative harmony. […] The forte of ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ is its rich repertoire of anecdotes and quotable quotes. […] Told in Hoodbhoy’s racy style, politics assumes an exciting dimension.’ —‘Dawn’
'A powerful and courageous voice that represents the best of Pakistan’s emerging journalism… The first insider view of developments in Pakistan on the road to democracy.' —Shuja Nawaz, Director, South Asia Center, The Atlantic Council of the United States, and author of ‘Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within’
'Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s detailed reporting helped me look at the complex world of Pakistani politics differently. Hoodbhoy’s proximity to key players and her unique perspective as one of the few women journalists to cover Pakistan’s gripping narrative makes the ‘Democracy Train’ a great companion to the news of the day.' —Karen Frillmann, Managing Editor - Newsroom, New York Public Radio
'A story of a courageous journalist who defied conventional norms during times when very few other women were in this profession, and the country’s political environment was heavily influenced by conservative values, bloody ethnic conflict and religious bigotry. [Hoodbhoy] witnessed the making of history first-hand.' —Hassan Abbas, Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor, South Asia Institute, Columbia University and author of ‘Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army, and America’s War on Terror’
'It was her fierce independence and commitment to her country that inspired [Hoodbhoy’s] decision to become a newspaper reporter – the only female reporter at the Pakistani daily, ‘Dawn’. Living in the United States after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, she realized that she was in a unique position to shed light on growing Islamic militancy and sectarian violence. She does so here with the irrepressible spirit that inspired her early journalism.' —Frances Stead Sellers, Deputy National Editor, Health, Science and the Environment, ‘The Washington Post’
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Top Customer Reviews
The author describes the transformation of Karachi, from a well ordered and cultured city, to the current chaotic, gang infested megalopolis of terror.
She describes how the minorities were harassed during and after partition.
She goes on to describe the political upheavals that have become the land marks of the country's , the break up of the country, take over by Zulfiqar Bhutto, his fall and execution, the Zia regime and Islamisation, emergence of ethnic politics, terrorism and fanaticism, the Benazir, Nawaz Sharif musical chairs, Musharraf dictatorship and the continued control of levers of power by the army during the Zardari tenure.
Nafisa Hoodbhoy has led a tumultuous life. As a college student she joined National Students Federation, which ever since leftist students took it over, I was one of the group, has been in the forefront of progressive movement of the country. As a female journalist in a male chauvinistic society she faced and overcame great challenges.
The book is must read for all who want to get an idea of how Pakistan has been transformed from a liberal country of its early years to the current nest of terrorists.
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There have been many people throughout history who made the ultimate sacrifice to move us all along the road to enlightenment. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Dare Seven
It is a concise review of pakistans' history from 1947 to recent times. Nothing mentioned that is a surprise to people familiar with the country and the region. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Muhammad Ali Chaudhry
Nafisa Hoobhoy's book "Aboard the Democracy Train" is the first book of its kind that I have read in my life and contains up to date knowledge of the events happened since I left... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Inayat Shallwani
Aboard the Democracy Train is a riveting book, I could hardly put it down. I thought I knew a lot about Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan, but from this I learned so much more. Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by WINGS Producer
Nafisa is a brave lady ever since I have known her from our college life. She has expressed her experiences and opinions candidly in a fearless manner. Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by yasmeen
In this book, Hoodhboy shares her experience as Dawn's (Pakistan's leading English language newspaper) only female reporter from 1984-2000. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Fauzia Masud Javaid
Hoodbhoy shows how Pakistan's social fabric changed from a pluralisticand tolerant to an ideologically driven corrupt culture. Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by Shabnam