Developments in Mirpur District
Pakistan's Crisis of Legitimacy - by Roger Ballard
Prepared for and Immigration Law Practioner's Association Conference, this paper explores the the way in which the religious right has taken advantage of the doubtful legitimcay of Pakistan's success regimes, both civilian and military, to engineer itself into a position where it is able to mount a constant critique of state authority. In ther course of so doing it has steadily undermine the capacity of civil institutions to challege its narrow, authoritarian, and in demographic terms largely unpopular agenda. As a result members of all those groups whose agendas differ from that of the neo-fundamentalists, especially in terms of gender and religion, currently find themselves under ever more vigorous attacks, from which the properly consituted authorities are either able or willing to offer them adequate protection.
A case of capital-rich under-development: The paradoxical consequences of successful transnational entrepreneurship from Mirpur - by Roger Ballard
This paper takes a close look at the impact of large-scale overseas emigration - and the resultant inflow of migrant remittances - on the local economy of Mirpur District in Pakistan
Remittances and Economic Development - by Roger Ballard
A paper submitted for consideration by the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development in the course of the inquiry into Migration and Development.
Popular Islam in Pakistan and its reconstruction in Britain - by Roger Ballard
The core of this paper is an empirical account of the way in which Islam - as popularly understood - pervades the lives, thoughts, and experiences of the rural population of Pakistani Punjab. It then goes on to suggest that these understandings - which often differ sharply from those currently regarded as orthodox' - are nevertheless directly inspired by a creative admixture between spiritual traditions which are indigenous to South Asia and the teachings of Muin-ud-Din Ibn 'Arabi. Last but not least it considers the additional transformations which are currently being precipitated as this tradition re-establishes itself in the UK.
The political economy of migration: Pakistan, Britain, and the Middle East - by Roger Ballard
Reporting on developments in Pakistan during the early 1980's, this paper explores the incipient contradictions which were beginning to emerge in the wake of mass overseas migration both to Britain and the Middle East
The context and Consequences of migration: Jullundur and Mirpur Compared - by Roger Ballard
The earliest in a series of papers exploring differential trends in migration from - and patterns of economic development within - two Districts in Indian and Pakistani Punjab from where large numbers of UK-based South Asian settlers have arrived.
Kashmir: the view from Mirpur - by Roger Ballard
Well over half of British Pakistanis trace their origins to Mirpur District in Azad Kashmir: the narrow strip of territory along the western edge of the former princely state of Kashmir which was not incorporated into India in 1947. This article explores the social political and economic dilemmas faced by contemporary Azad Kashmiris in the light of their marginal position in Pakistan, and the benefits - and costs - of the construction of the Mangla Dam and large scale overseas migration.