Posted on October 23, 2008
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26 responses to “Poverty and Inequality in Pakistan”

  1. Riaz Haq says:

    Raza,
    When you write about the consequences of poverty and inequality and how poverty can be reduced, it is natural to look at the experience of others for clues. As human beings, how else do we learn?

    One way is to learn from your own experience the hard way after making a lot of mistakes. The other is to learn from the mistakes of others. I personally prefer the latter.

    Hopefully, you can come up with better ideas when you seriously answer the following questions based on intelligent analysis:

    Is there really a strong connection and correlation between poverty/inequality and rising violence in our society? If so, what is it? Has anyone seriously explored this hypothesis?

    Can poverty be reduced without encouraging investors/businesses to invest? How do we encourage them?

    Where will the resources come from to alleviate poverty? Even if we equally divided the nation’s entire gdp, we would end inequality but wouldn’t that make every one poor?

    Will violence and militancy simply evaporate even if we reduced inequality or ended poverty?

    I think it’s much easier to write a column or blog post than to come up with defensible answers to these questions. Just sticking to our ideologies and pre-conceived, untested notions will not help.

    As I said in an earlier comment, I do admire your initiative to start this debate online.