“Globalisation will make our societies more creative and prosperous,

but also more vulnerable.”

–Lord Robertson

The globalisation paradigm, with its roots tracing as far back as the 17th century, assisted by the Industrial Revolution, became the leading world view after the Second World War. The paradigm that stresses upon ‘interdependency’ and ‘interconnectedness’ among nation-states, led to the creation of multiple international organisations (UN, WB, WTO, among others), and was able to successfully integrate diverse nations under the global umbrella. With the liberalisation of economies, establishment of regional trade agreements, global security organisations, and global financial institutions; we can witness globalisation unfolding all around us.

Interestingly, this paradigm has also taken powers away from the nation-states. Countries are not seen as existing in a vacuum, and isolation is considered an anomaly. In a society such as Pakistan, where the population is terribly divided among horizontal lines, there is an urgent need for national solidarity. But globalisation also works towards the extinction of notions such as ‘nationalism’. While we heavily rely on projects like CPEC, the process of nation-building is overlooked; which could prove to be disastrous in the long run. Perhaps we should initiate a new process of solidarity, that does not compromise our position in the globalised order, and gives rise to a sense of cultural and social belonging among the population.