treatment of a person, group, or concept as insignificant or peripheral
The phenomenon of marginalization is certainly not unique to Pakistan. Yet it is important for us to elaborate it within a Pakistani context -- with all its nuances and intricate details – because that is what lies at the core of our work. But, as is the case with most intellectual exercises, this elaboration has to be open-ended so that it can expand in the future to areas and subjects that remain unexplored so far.
With this condition in mind, we base our understanding of marginalization on the following factors:
Lok Sujag believes that a continuous process of marginalization is a major hindrance in realizing the dream of a democratic, pluralistic, peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. We are also of the firm belief that this process can be checked and reversed effectively only if we create and develop institutions that can bring the marginalized identities, ideas and individuals into the mainstream.
Such mainstreaming, however, has to find its way through a thicket of social and political discourses which are heavily dependent on the news media. This suggests the obvious: that the news media can offer the most efficient and effective means to mainstream the marginalized. With a fast-expanding access to information and communication technologies, the importance of digital news media in this regard cannot be over-emphasized.
The technological revolution, undoubtedly, is not an unmixed blessing since it is creating newer and deeper divisions than bridging the old ones. Yet, at Lok Sujag, we strongly believe that, supported and guided by our community, we can work successfully for an equitable and inclusive society that conducts its affairs in a participatory and democratic manner.