Herald: Highlights of the October 2011 issue

Dr David Hansen

Dr David Hansen has conducted surveys of thousands of Pakistani middle-class families for his thesis dissertation, “Radical Ideas, Moderate Behaviour”.

Locked and Forgotten

The story of a patient with psychosis undergoing trial on blasphemy charges

Amid fear and apprehension

People in Chitral are generally unhappy with army deployment in their district

Dispatches from the camps

Of families living on roads with livestock and makeshift housing

Familiar stories

When the image of one tragedy is a document of everyone’s loss

Reserved for the future

Even limited electricity production from Thar coal is still a while away

Dr David Hansen

Dr David Hansen

Dr David Hansen has conducted surveys of thousands of Pakistani middle-class families for his thesis dissertation, “Radical Ideas, Moderate Behaviour”.

“Very few people see any contradiction in using radical rhetoric while remaining moderate in their actions; there is little reflection on the possibility of words being translated into action by a few. It is imperative for us to differentiate between … Continue reading

Locked and Forgotten

Locked and Forgotten

The story of a patient with psychosis undergoing trial on blasphemy charges

In this illness, the patients are not in touch with reality, their perceptions change, they can hear voices sometimes,” he says, adding that most patients of psychosis claim to be perfectly normal but a psychiatric examination shows otherwise.

Amid fear and apprehension

Amid fear and apprehension

People in Chitral are generally unhappy with army deployment in their district

Mostly nomadic, the people of the area usually move to the lower part of the country in winter due to extremely cold weather but this time round they were forced to leave their homes much earlier than usual.

Dispatches from the camps

Dispatches from the camps

Of families living on roads with livestock and makeshift housing

However, a new challenge now faces this small group of people. Their tents, which had initially been pitched in a field, now look as if they are standing on tiny islands, because the field is filling with water.

Familiar stories

Familiar stories

When the image of one tragedy is a document of everyone’s loss

The stories they portrayed, though not outside the sphere of recognisable tragedy, thus appeared refreshingly real. The participants included those who have suffered themselves as well as those who have made the effort to travel to unsafe areas to document … Continue reading

Reserved for the future

Reserved for the future

Even limited electricity production from Thar coal is still a while away

In the last one year alone, the Sindh government has realised that almost all its infrastructure projects for Thar coal were either too ambitious financially or too big to be completed in time for speedy mining and power generation. In … Continue reading