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Monday, October 20, 2008

Reality Check

Reality Check! - Article

By: Amyn A. Ghulamali

I am Thirty Five years old, an entrepreneur and some one who has had the opportunity of looking at life from many angles… I have lived abroad and seen Pakistan and I have worked here and witnessed the country go through several changes and have witnessed our citizens at their best and worst moments. You must be thinking that my next statement would be that I am disappointed and would look for a better opportunity elsewhere in another country… WRONG!

Yes I am very frustrated but its not because of any one or the government its because I took a look at Pakistan and asked a question… “What have I done to be a part of the solution?”

Everywhere I go and the people I talk to always have something negative to say about the government, the economy or one another… I have realized that as a nation we are very ungrateful and unhappy no matter what goes in our favor… I have noticed in the various layers of society that it’s a dog eat dog world and we have become very selfish…

Ok if we start at the beginning (I am not into politics and I really avoid discussions about religion) No matter what government has been in power right from the nineteen seventies we have always had a very strong opposition that slanders the government viciously… And when they are in power the same circle happens again with another band of so called martyrs ready to die for a cause that they them selves do not understand…

If you look at the most developing economies and countries one thing you will find is that there is a sense of nationalism and people irrespective of what the issue is come together to claim their identity. We on the other hand are quick to pass the blame and mock each other to look better…

As a nation we need to embrace each other and put our differences aside and we need to abandon the sinking ship of blame and claim ownership of Pakistan… We have a land that is rich with minerals, and treasures that only most countries dream to have. We are a people that hide behind a veil of false security and do not address main issues at heart unless our personal interests are being harmed…

Pakistan has some of the brightest minds and some of the best human resource in the world but in the past fifteen years all I have heard is that they are proudly claiming second rate citizenships in the west and running away from it all. We are a nation that is very ungrateful for what assets we have and the culture that is our own as we within our own country cannot co-exist with each another…

We say we are a tolerant nation but we are still living in the dark ages as we have not gotten out of the “class system”. On a macro level - If it suits us we silently accept the fact that we are Sindhi, Balochi, Pathan or Punjabi and quickly condemn the other residents of other provinces. (That is when we are not flaunting our foreign passports and / or relatives that reside abroad.) If some how we do agree on the provincial differences than we have the religious sects and then even in the two main sects of Shia and Sunni there are many divisions that confuse the hell out of most civilized people…

To be civilized one does not have to disregard their own opinions and values and embrace other cultures… Urdu is one of the most beautiful languages but we tell our children to embrace English… I don’t remember one day when our mother tongue was given equal importance as English… Most children of today that come from the so called modern and enlightened homes of Pakistan know what is happening on the catwalks of Milan and know what the stars of Western media are up to. If you ask them to recite a verse of the Holy Quran they are speechless… and if you tell them to write a letter to a friend in Urdu they would be lost…

What is our identity just ask your self because the change within this nation comes from within you… Have you taken a step to look at what you can do for the nation or are you just moaning about how bad the situation is these days… Why are terrorists putting the fear of God into us and why are we always blaming the west for our own insecurities and past governments for what we could have stood up and stopped.

When the time comes to vote and cast an opinion most people run away from the responsibility of claiming what is theirs (which is the citizenship of Pakistan)… The only thing I have seen people be passionate about is a cricket match against India and that too because everyone has some financial or vested interest in the game…

We have been so busy trying to out do each other that we have not moved on from the infancy stage of whining and moaning… If we as a nation have to succeed then we need to take ownership of this land even though the outcome may not be in our favor. Aggression never solved any problem and situation… If we are an enlightened nation then why do we lack the strength to look at things through logical reasoning… If we are called an unsafe and unsteady nation it is because we have let it become this way…

However this is not an article where I will condemn all Pakistanis as there is solidarity in the ideals of a few. As a nation we need to take the bitter pill accept reality and claim ownership of the situation and country that we are in and move it towards peace and prosperity…

When conceived as an idea this nation in the muslim world was a gift to all muslims… Then how did we end up this way?

The one things I will not do is tell you that I have the cure for a perfect Pakistan… I will accept a united decision from all the citizens who claim to be patriotic… Only if they are ready to accept their part in rectifying the situation…

If one looks at the world, we know that the ozone layer is being depleted and many things are changing with the due radical changes in climate. Before we become global citizens we need to be Pakistani Citizens and accept reality…

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