Post Fellowship Reflection, Reverse Clutural Shock and How to Combat Extremism

Terrorist acts are criminal; no cause can justify the terrorism. We are reminded that violence continues to inflict pain and suffering on people all over the world. Hardly a week goes by without an act of terrorism taking place somewhere in the world, indiscriminately affecting innocent people.

Unfortunately innocent people in Pakistan also continue to bleed and burn in this fire of extremism. Peaceful, tolerant land of enlightened Sufis Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Sachal Sarmast and Bulleh Shah has turned into place of fear and despair. Humanity is paying price of blunders committed by the fanatics in the name of race, religion and nation. Sadly helpless community is suffering the aftermath.

FROM A WEAK DEMOCRACY IN ISLAMABAD, TO DENIAL OF DEMOCRACY IN WASHINGTON, DC.

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Cross Posted from DC VOTE

It has been only a week since I flew from Pakistan and landed at Dulles International Airport ready to begin my year-long Atlas Corps fellowship at Creative Science Labs in Washington, DC. It was my first time travelling outside of Pakistan and I can still remember how excited I was as I packed the last of my cheddars — traditional shawls — into my suitcase.

Learning Out of Wonder

Democracy symbolizes free and fair elections, rule of law, civil liberties, political freedom and legal equalities. Nonprofit organizations are implementing thousands of projects in the third world to promote democracy through inclusive programming for sustainable development so that people can understand how democracy works and how it is beneficial for improving governance structures – a prerequisite for enhanced efficiency and transparency in a society.

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