March 4, 2013

How Democracy Kills in Indonesia & Pakistan

Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

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Successful mass mobilizations against autocratic rule in Indonesia and Pakistan, followed by free elections, raised hopes of a new civil society. So why have both countries witnessed the opposite phenomenon -- the rise of uncivil society?

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TAGGED: Democracy, Islam, Pakistan, Indonesia


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