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I am fortunate to have been born into a family, which inculcated a knack for intellectual pursuits in me from the early years of my schooling. My parents have always encouraged me to pursue a career of my choice and carve out my own niche in the world. I too have always yearned and endeavored to pluck a future of my dreams from the world of endless possibilities. Being true to my passion, I achieved academic excellence and a prominent place in extra-curricular activities from the very beginning, like attending MUN’s and debating competitions, which refined my communication skills to a great extent, plus organizing various inter-school events related to arts, Olympiads, expos etc. that developed organizational and leadership skills in me.So far, I have continued to strike in a wide array of fields, owing to my intense passion and curiosity. Ranging from being a good cricketer and a billiard player, I have had a very and diversified and rigorous subject combination in my high school. I undertook such a coursework to expose myself to the underpinnings of diverse fields of study and the different ways of thinking associated with each other. My intellectual curiosity and analysis of various professions has guided me to study economics and politics after completing my A-level.My desire to study the unique blend of Economics and Politics springs predominantly from my penchant for these fields but also from the fact that these two disciplines are constantly intertwined and complement each other aberrantly and exceedingly well. I have always been enticed by the social and political sciences, having a natural interest in current affairs.In economics, my personal inclination is directed towards macroeconomics. Comparing and evaluating the management strategies and different tools that the government can employ for managing the economy particularly fascinate me. It is intriguing to assess not only how different ideas affect the economic climate, but also the political reasons and repercussions of such decisions. I keep myself up-to-date with developments within the subject by regularly reading “The Economist” and various other newspapers and magazines such as ‘The Guardian’, ‘The New York Times’, ‘Reader’s Digest’ etc.Underlying the litany of Pakistan’s socio-economic development problem, I believe, is a crisis of governance as discussed comprehensively in the chapter ‘Retooling Institutions’ by Dr Ishrat Husain of the instructive book ‘Pakistan beyond the Crisis State’ edited by Maleeha Lodhi. Some key causes include weak and staggering institutions, economic stagnation, unbridled exercise of discretionary powers, rampant corruption, extremely weak rule of law and lack of awareness among citizens about their legal rights. Social fragmentation, religious and ethnic divide and the incursions of terror have rent asunder Pakistani society. As expounded in the chapter, the situation calls for fundamental reforms in governance structures like strengthening the key public sector institutions such as PIA & WAPDA, Civil Service reforms etc., increased accountability, transparency & efficiency in state functions and strict enforcement of legal regime in all spheres of life.