Tanqeed


Drowned by Design

Dec 2012

English | اردو We must address the role of multi-million rupee constructions in flooding the homes and lands of millions. This summer’s flash floods in southwest Punjab, northern Sindh and eastern Balochistan, have once again exposed the hazardous nature of water resource engineering in the Indus drainage basin. In 2010, barriers built to protect multi-million rupee...
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Why Class Matters

Dec 2012

English | اردو Social power determines who gets hurt by floods and how much More years ago than I care to admit, I was doing field work for my Ph.D. research on flood hazards in central Punjab. I was struck at the time by how all the ‘educated’ high level government officials considered floods an act...
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How Hazards Become Disasters

Dec 2012

English | اردو The development-industrial complex ignores the structural inequality that turns natural hazards into disasters. The state and global institutions of governance talk about disasters as a technical problem. They talk about disaster management using certain keywords and terms, such as vulnerability, risk reduction, and disaster preparedness. This techno-bureaucratic talk is rooted in an ideology that...
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How the British Did it Better

Dec 2012

English | اردو In a relentless pursuit of growth and development, the Pakistani state has ignored colonial-era strategies—that took natural risks, like monsoon floods, into consideration. The Indus River is unique in more ways than one. If we ignore this, we do so at our own peril. In the last three decades, or more, the Pakistani...
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Disaster Relief & Propaganda

Dec 2012

English | اردو From political parties and the government to the army and Islamist groups, everyone has tried to score political points on tragedy. I visited Punjab’s Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan districts with Rana Farooq, the Federal Minister for Climate Change, and his official flood relief delegation this September. Both districts were badly hit by...
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“We still need help”

Dec 2012

Tanqeed sat down with Mir Changaiz Khan Jamali, Federal Minister for Science and Technology in the ruling Pakistan People’s Party government and the MNA for Jaffarabad and Naseerabad (also known as the NA-266 seat) in Balochistan—one of the hardest-hit areas this summer. We wanted to get his take on the aftermath of this summer’s...
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Visiting the Floods in South Punjab | Photo Essay

Dec 2012

Tanqeed spent one week traveling in southern Punjab’s Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur districts. South Punjab has been hit by the floods 3 years in a row. Take a look at what we brought back. Click on the pictures to read more.
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