Education in Pakistan is in crisis and everyone has a list of recommendations to fix it. Few ask why there is a crisis in the first place, why it has persisted for 75 years, and why it has become worse with every passing decade.
This set of essays explores these unasked questions by locating the economic and political functions of education in their societal context and tracing their history in the subcontinent. The analysis calls into question the assumption that the state is always and unambiguously interested in improving education.
The realisation that education might be the terrain on which battles for the domination of society are fought can help explain many otherwise puzzling phenomena and one can begin to understand why in the 21st century, the focus of education in Pakistan is shifting from inquiry to dogma. The chasm between the education we should demand and the one we are being given is widening. This book raises the big question: How can this chasm be bridged?
Dr. Anjum Altaf, a member of the International Coalition for Education Reform in Pakistan (ICERP), obtained MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is the author of Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2019), More Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2021), and co-author (with Amit Basole) of Thinking with Ghalib: Poetry for a New Generation (2021). ISBN: 9789697834457 Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS Subtitle:
During last decade’s upsurge in the fortunes of populist politics in numerous countries, Imran Khan emerged as its central figure in Pakistan. Globally, Khan never became as prominent in this context as his populist contemporaries such as Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Narendra Modi, Boris Johnson and Viktor Orbán. But he was very much a product of the populist wave that began to sweep across various regions from 2010 onwards. In Imran Khan: Myth of the Pakistani Middle-Class, Nadeem Farooq Paracha explores the political, social and historical factors that led to Khan’s rise and his eventful fall as a politician. In so doing, Paracha also scrutinises the political and social dynamics of Khan’s core constituency, the urban middle-classes. He demonstrates how these classes have continued to sabotage their own political interests due to their stubborn search for ‘strongmen.’ ISBN: 9789694026596 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: MYTH OF THE PAKISTANI MIDDLE-CLASS Author: NADEEM FAROOQ PARACHA
?The stars of today would not be where they are without the pioneering leadership of men like Kardar. Not just Pakistan but world cricket owes them all a huge debt.?
Former England Captain
?Test Status on Trial, one of the many books Kardar wrote, reveals the story of an extremely difficult series in England involving tough conditions, unprecedented rains and so much more. A fascinating book to read, it reminds us of the challenges Pakistani cricketers faced and the resilience they showed in the early years of their introduction to the game.?
Former Pakistan Captain
?The maiden tour of England in 1954 remains, historically, the most outstanding and unforgettable tour Pakistan has ever had. Ikram Elahi and I are the only two surviving members of the team. Even after 68 years, its charm, magic and importance have not faded?The Oval test victory came against the full-fledged English side, one that went on to win the Ashes in Australia in the following year.?
Former Test Cricketer, 1954 Team
?Kardar?s inspirational leadership, tactical brilliance and sheer grit put Pakistan on the world cricket map by morphing an inexperienced set of players into a team that achieved laurels beyond its perceived potential. The team, eventually, lit the flame that set the country ablaze, converting just another pastime sport into a rage.?
Son of A. H. Kardar; Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan
?Test Status on Trial is a precious rarity, a first draft of history from somebody in the process of making it. As such, indispensable.?
Cricket Journalist, Author of On Warne
?Most members of the 1954 Pakistan squad were of impressionable age and enjoyed England, both on and off the field. Skipper A. H. Kardar, with his previous experience of playing in English conditions, was a tactician and a confident man, having a keen eye on the younger players to help them bring their best foot forward.?
Former Test Cricketer, 1954 Team ISBN: 9789697834372 Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS Subtitle: THE STORY OF PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM’S HISTORIC TOUR TO ENGLAND Author: ABDUL HAFEEZ KARDAR