Friday, May 28, 2010

Obviously Not Worth the Protest

Another Friday will go down the archives as the day of massacre during the jumma prayers. But ofcourse this is yet another incident which does not deserve to be taken immediate notice of neither it is worth country wide protests. We have much more important issues to consider like who is making cartons to trigger us or to make sure we make excuse of every possible incident & turn it into a well established attention diverter. After all we have are priorities well set.

Pakistan made headlines by reacting in such an absurd manner to the blasphemous content published in a foreign country, but I am pretty sure that like before we won’t see similar kind of protests for the massacre which took place today in two mosques of the Ahmadi sect in Lahore. So far as the operation is still going on hardly any mainstream public figure has come out with an open condemnation. Why? Yes, we are now desensitized to all this madness (not a fact to be proud of but still a bitter fact) but isn’t this factor being abused by the power to be, by not doing what is supposed to be done. To make an example out of the culprits so that more & more don’t follow suit. Something that is done to the activist of this country. But I guess I am asking for too much.

Questioning the authorities has proven to be of no use time & again so let’s just keep it aside for the time being. I am very much interested in checking the morals of the people in general at the moment as I felt like being slapped hard in my face when general people were questioning each other’s religious values when some of us choose to disagree & refused to join the bandwagon of the crackdown on the freedom of speech & choice. Will they be protesting this incident with the same intensity & make sure that they pressurize the authorities (or actually scare them) into cracking down on these self proclaimed elements so that more blood is not spilt the way it has been for some time now, & which has been repeated today again? The unfortunate answer that I can see coming is NO, they won’t.

So far the body count just from a single location (Model Town) is 27. This is not just a simple body count or even 27 individuals. Consider this the destruction of 27 families for whom life is not going to be the same. And we won’t protest this showing that this issue is not worth it.

Acting self proclaimed protectors of our religion when we mock it better than anyone else. Engrossed in labeling other religions as threats to Islam & its followers we ignore the real threat that is our own selves. A fact majority won’t accept as reality bites.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Facebook Fiasco




I had decided not to join the bandwagon & give space to this Facebook fiasco (apparently the most critical issue my country is facing) on my blog. Unfortunately, I was not able to stick to this idea of mine. The trigger point for this post were the replies that I got for an article that I forwarded by Adil Najam (the article can be accessed here http://pakistaniat.com/2010/05/19/facebook-draw-muhammad/comment-page-1/) on the issue which I found to be the most logical piece on it by far.

Going through those reactions brought me to the following conclusion: The way our collective thinking process works, who the hell needs enemies, we do the job for them & in a much more effective manner.

We have shown that we are insulated & won’t let history teach us one bit. Why haven’t we been awarded the champions of experts in shooting their own feet? Time & again our style of protest has damaged the cause instead of helping it achieve its target.

Agreed there is a fine line between freedom of speech & abuse of it, & surely the abuse of it should be condemned & protested BUT in the right manner. Taking absurd measures in the name of condemning the abuse of this freedom is even worse. Plus it does not highlight the difference between your view point & those responsible for the offense.

And to top the list of the results of this mindless response, we have yet again failed in registering our protest, to explain why people should abstain from hurting our feelings. Though in my personal view ignoring the issue would have been the best policy as it is us; the self proclaimed saviors who did the marketing for these people & that too for free. I am ready to bet that they would have failed miserably to get to this hall of fame on their own.

No wonder Zia-ul-Haq was able to devise the idea(or whoever in his advisory board came up with it, as the self appointed Ammer-ul-Mominen’s creative skills were non-existent) of giving out important news in-between cricket match intervals so that people would not bother reacting as they had their priorities set in the reverse order. We have voluntarily chosen to live with the ghosts of our nightmares & show no signs of planning to break away.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Incompatibility with the Concept of Institutions

The other day I came across an article where the writer trying to describe our institutes states that to put it in a polite manner “they are developing”. Well I think he was being too generous, they are non-existent & are showing no signs of development. And this case scenario is not just limited to our very famous government institutions. Lately I had a personal experience with some nonprofit organizations & was surprised to see the level of bureaucracy & the infamous one man show they followed. During one of the ranting sessions about the limit to which we had to suffer following these two systems the idea came up that there is something direly wrong with the thinking process of our region & specially our country. Nobody seems to be interested in forming a system whichever area of expertise they are working in. A lot of time & energy is wasted in creating the nuisance value of individuals.

Ayub Khan in an attempt at defending his dictatorship once said that democracy doesn’t work in hot countries. A statement mirroring more of his intentions rather than reality but the unfortunate fact is that his idea has to some extent incorporated itself in the foundations of our system. A vicious cycle, from which cutting loose seems next to impossible. The worst part being that this concept is penetrating to the sectors which should be capable of blocking this system.

A business manager once said “If one is not able to train a better manager than himself, that manager has failed miserably”. This stands true in every case scenario & I think this should be made the criteria for judging one’s success story rather than the traditional standards that we have been following since ages. And if start judging according to this we’ll see that the failure rate is immense. Humans are mortal & this is no breaking news. How hard is it not to see the obvious & digest the fact that one day each & everyone of us has to pack up & leave that too empty handed. So sticking yourself with the elfi when you get to a position is basically pointless.

Those who have realized this theory are in a much better situation, as they create for themselves a permanent place without compromising their identity of mortality. They don’t get killed at the hands of history, which is the worst kind of death.

However, a single person can only have the intention & start off an effort for establishing an institution & until & unless he is supported by a team the efforts are fruitless, this is a fact cut in stone. Whenever, a system is dependent on a single person the resultant is nothing less than disastrous & I think we in Pakistan can claim copyrights over this phenomena.

This can’t be lived on with.

No doubt we are made of a very strong wood, after all how else could we have been able to survive this long. But why just survive? Why not progress & change? All the required ingredients are present, so why let a behavioral defect ruin it all. As Leo Tolstoy said:

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself”.

High time we stop our drawing room change activism & get some real work done.


First published in: http://www.pro-pakistan.com/2010/05/15/incompatibility-with-the-concept-of-institutions/