Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West by Benazir BhuttoAnyone who knew I was reading Reconciliation, knew that this book was a tough read for me. First, I rarely read works of non-fiction, and second, I didnt know much about the Islamic world/history, though I was vastly curious. But there was something about Benazir Bhutto that really drew me in. After she was killed, I wanted to know more about her--this strong female figure, in a male dominated Muslim world.
I may not agree with everything she said but this book has done a few things for me:
1. It has taught me the different sects of Islam and the religious differences between Sunnis and Shias, which seemed so confusing when you turn on the television.
2. It made Pakistani history digestible and showed how certain events shape the world that we live in today.
3. It made me understand the Islamic perspective for someone who really has a Western point of view.
4. It made me feel so grateful to be able to live in a free country, where Ill be treated with equality (for the most part ;)).
This book contains a multitude of information and to capture it in a few bullets doesnt seem to do it justice. I was frustrated that I was taking so long to read it but Im glad I took the time and care to read the paragraphs, the chapters. I think the world has lost a great visionary, but I think her work, her political party, and her democratic dreams will live on and I hope to see one day that her aspirations come to fruition.
My mother said democracy is best revenge - Bhutto son
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It's been nearly two and half years since the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Since her murder her party has won democratically contested parliamentary elections, established a government, elected a Prime Minister, installed the Muslim world's first female Speaker, elected her husband Asif Ali Zardari as president and restored the nation's democratic constitution that had been perverted by decades of dictatorship. For a woman who once told a Joint Session of the U. Congress that "democracy is the greatest revenge" one would think her murder has been avenged. But the United Nation's Commission of Inquiry into her death has recently opened new wounds with a blistering indictment of General Pervez Musharraf and his government, holding them responsible and accountable for the assassination by deliberate decisions to reject even minimal security arrangements for Ms. Bhutto during her election campaign that could have saved her life. With the death of the world's first woman to have led an Islamic nation, only truth and justice can be the greatest revenge.
Benazir Bhutto was one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time. She would trade her Western lifestyle to become the first Muslim woman elected in history to lead an Islamic nation. In the late s, when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was overthrown and executed by his handpicked Army Chief, Benazir swore to avenge her father and restore democracy — or to die trying.
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It is arguably the most perilous job in Pakistani politics. Bilawal's grandfather died at the gallows, his mother following last week's bomb and bullet attack. But his leadership will be initially symbolic because the party will be stewarded by his father, Asif Zardari, until his studies at Oxford are over. It was a remarkable day for Bilawal, described by relatives as a polite, somewhat bookish young man who just one week ago was a university student on Christmas break at the family home in Dubai. Now, barely coming to terms with the assassination of his mother, he has become the titular head of Pakistan's greatest political dynasty as the country staggers towards turbulent elections. Also yesterday the PPP said it would contest the January 8 elections, despite widespread violence that has rocked the country leading to more than 40 deaths, mostly in Bhutto's home province of Sindh. The other opposition leader, Nawaz Sharif, said he would also contest the poll.