But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.
An independent Scotland could be far more internationalist and would benefit a great deal from links to both Scandinavia and states in other continents.
I do not accept the right of big powers to change governments as and when it affects their interests.
And also I didn’t want my future to be just sitting in a room and be imprisoned in my four walls and just cooking and giving birth to children. I didn’t want to see my life in that way.
I found that a whole series of people opposed me simply on the grounds that I was a woman. The clerics took to the mosque saying that Pakistan had thrown itself outside the Muslim world and the Muslim umar by voting for a woman, that a woman had usurped a man’s place in the Islamic society.
‘Theogony’ should be read before the great Homeric epics because it gives an account of the cosmology that is taken for granted by Homer. It does for paganism what the Old Testament attempted to do for monotheism.
I’m not becoming western; I am still following my Pashtun culture, and I’m wearing a shalvar kamiz, a dupatta on my head.
I was a very shy girl who led an insulated life; it was only when I came to Oxford, and to Harvard before that, that suddenly I saw the power of people. I didn’t know such a power existed, I saw people criticising their own president; you couldn’t do that in Pakistan – you’d be thrown in prison.
I’m not a character like Rapunzel or Cinderella; my story looks like any other.
Pakistan is a peace-loving, democratic country.