A profound proverb in the Punjabi language on understanding human behavior is as follows: 'Kah kawah dey the prah prahwah dey.' The meaning is quite simple: Folks of the same breed always stick together. But an in depth comprehension of this saying provides a wealth of wisdom on how people behave, why they do what they do, the importance of genetic script, the impact of social-psychological-environmental factors, the attributes of the human mindset and an explanation of how intrinsic habits serve as barriers in attitude change. Another similar saying is: Chor chorion javay herion perion to na javay. A thief may stop stealing but can never overcome the compulsive habit of indulging in small deceit. A simpler interpretation is: A conman will always be a conman – no matter what. Quite true and logically understandable.
1) not to relinquish hold on future political power,
2) the continuation of the political status-quo in the power structure
3) the perpetuation of right-wing economic policies
4) the reliance on foreign investments and borrowing from international financial institutions as fundamentals of a national economic policy
5) an American-centric foreign policy and a largely military-based strategic approach to conflict-resolution, and so on and so forth.