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necessarily indicate greater ownership of religion or an active involvement in the religious discourse. Respondents followed popular trends as far as their opinion on political issues was concerned. During the process of undertaking the survey I did not find that the respondents were not capable to answer questions, as was feared by the BNU management. They were not briefed about any particular ideological preference. They were asked to use their imagination and understanding of these issues. One of the primary trends was the sensitivity towards the country’s negative image. Resultantly, most responses for questions around popular issues had predictable answers. However, the meat was in the answers to questions that drew out the perception regarding identity issues, be it national or religious. The division between the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ followed the same pattern as is generally prevalent in the society irrespective of the socioeconomic background. The respondents subscribed to a clash of civilizations paradigm and in spite of their privileged position were unable to rise above their bias towards regional or global competitors. This set of youth was also caught inside the identity crisis which seems to have enveloped Pakistan and the Muslim world especially after 9/11. Clearly, the respondents, despite that they had come from elite school systems into elite universities, were not exposed to a more mature analysis regarding various issues. The thinking generally reflected the same conservatism and preference for military, a lack of understanding of democratic principles and rejection of the political system without making an effort as would be found amongst the youth in other classes as well. The respondents did not show any desire for contributing to the political system through

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Red Hot Chilli Peppers Islam – Is the Youth in Elite Universities in Pakistan Radical?  

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Red Hot Chilli Peppers Islam – Is the Youth in Elite Universities in Pakistan Radical?  

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