In the matter of genders, we are a region that can be said to be both progressive as well as backwards. But lets look at it from the point of view of being a progressive first. Let me also make it clear that when I use the word “region” I refer to the Eastern side of the globe, especially within the context of South Asia.
The many women that have made their name because of their Political Leadership
The East can very proudly claim to have the first woman Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike (April 17 1916 – October 10th 2000) of Sri Lanka. Not only was she the first female head of the Sri Lankan Government, but was also the world’s first female head of any Government. She served three terms as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and Ceylon, these being from 1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000.
She was followed by Indira Gandhi from India (1966 ,1980) – this was long before the West was going to elect Golda Meir (1969) or Margaret Thatcher (1979). From the Far Eastern side of the globe, that is Philippines, you had Corazon Aquino (1986) – a symbol for love and peace, who was swept into the office after her bloodless “People Revolution” led to the downfall of Ferdinand Marcos. Continue reading
It is incredible that in a country where more than 50% of your budget is spent on army and intelligence – that is excluding the pension of the retired officers – we have, in this age of terrorism failed to stop one plot. What have they been doing with all this money.. what is the use of spending such a monstrous proportion of our budget on something which has yet to show its capability?????
And today was the highlight of our intelligence’s incompetence.. Where were they .. how is it that these people .. THESE 12 PEOPLE… are hiding among flowers with rocket launchers and grenades and nobody notices them.. considering that Liberty roundabout is a busy node… HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE… And how did they .. HOW DID ALL OF THEM.. actually manage to escape so easily at such a rush hour…..
I am still baffled by today’s events.. how can this happen.. why wasn’t there more security personnel…
As for the Sri Lankan’s, i apologize to you from the bottom of my heart.. we condemn this as a nation… and do not own these acts of violence.. These people are neither muslims and neither are these acts Islamic.. in case that is the justification given……
This act of today would have ripple effects that we would come to regret.. it is these acts that would destabilize Pakistan ….