Saturday, 18 April 2009

Land Reforms Finally Arrive in Pakistan

I always thought that effecting land reforms in Pakistan was the key to fighting Islamic fundamentalism. After the British vacated the sub-continent, India made a half-hearted attempt to ensure that tillers had some control over land. In a few regions like Kerala and West Bengal, land reforms were reasonably successful. In many places like Bihar, no headway has been made. However, Pakistan did not even make an attempt to redistribute its real estate. All political parties in Pakistan catered to the landed elite. Every prime minister and military dictator who held power in Pakistan has been pro-landlord. Land reforms never had a chance.

Now land reforms seem to be slowly taking off. Unfortunately, they are being implemented by the Taliban!

If only the Yanks could have insisted that Zia-ul-Haq also implement land reforms in addition to fighting the Soviets.

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