Posted on August 21, 2007
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14 responses to “Study Circles: Bringing Grass Roots Democracy to Pakistan”

  1. Watan Aziz says:

    “Facta Non Verba”,

    High up, almost touching the ceiling and just behind dais, was the seal of the school. On the seal were the words, Facta Non Verba.

    Very early on, we were told, it was Latin and it meant, “Deeds Not Words”. Every student of Cathedral High School, in Lahore knew that we were expected to act and not just talk.

    I have stayed with this motto all my life and shared often with my children. Not sure if I have exactly lived up to it, but try I can and try I must.

    Democracy, any talk of democracy, without a strong and independent judiciary is like tea without milk.

    Any conversation of democracy without discussion of justice and equity is like a boat without water; just not going anywhere.

    Let us the deliver the facts on the ground. Expand and empower the judiciary.

    10,000 new lower court judges.

    I do have the audacity of hope, with fierce urgency of now.

  2. Shafique says:

    Change is needed to challenge the status quo. The principle of mutual consultation – perhaps combined with consensus vision or shura should be considered as one of the tools

  3. Raza Rumi says:


    Great Initiative!

    There are several study groups that exist in the major urban centres of Pakistan. A good way would be to contact them and build on the existing social and intellectual capital.

    I did mention one called Miskeen Galli here

    I think it was also published here at ATP.

  4. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:

    Dear Dr. Athar Osama: My earlier comments have brought out strong reactions, particularly from our friend ‘Daktar’. While I admire your ideas and support your initiatives, it must not be just an intellectual exercise. Unfortunately, unless followed by an ‘action’ on the ground, these types of group discussions remain just that; discussions. No single person could profess to know all the problems ailing our people, let alone the solutions; and certainly not a person like myself. Therefore collective efforts must always be welcomed. My frustration is that we, including myself, talk and talk and never do any thing on the ground. My observation is that for economic reasons alone a very large segment of our society is unable to send its children to school. It is a vicious cycle in which generation after generation families are stuck in the rut. It is also my observation that the families who were somehow able to educate their children finally broke the poverty cycle. Your wonderful ideas have generated a buzz here and I wish you success. As the good ‘Daktar’ said “Let a thousand flowers bloom” and “different people can do different things”. I am convinced that we all love Pakistan and have best in our hearts for our people. God bless you all.