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Saturday, August 21, 2010

WILL SLAVERY EVER END?

In order to understand patience just close your eyes and imagine this – there is a room in which you have two children, your whole family (in laws) surround you.  The topic varies from what is right and what is right according your in laws, every one is smiling except for you and you have to face the onslaught of a million opinions for every move you make… your decisions are made for you and you have no right to choose except that you have to bear a full frontal assault mentally emotionally and physically in the form of responsibility for the decisions made for you… when you scream out for help the law cannot protect you and if you run for comfort to anyone for any pain you feel then society will disapprove….  The sparkle in your eyes is fading and the smile that you used to have is just a memory… Now open your eyes and realize that you are a bastard minority girl child born in a developing third world country… 

People say that out of sight… then out of mind…  But none of this is true… No matter how we look at the world from over the key board and no matter how many flood victims we try to rescue by donating money we always run from the responsibility of accepting civic sense….  One of the best things about having a physical disability is that people do not consider me as a threat so they become overtly aggressive about what they would hide around normal folk…  I have witnessed many a horrific thing happen by many an esteemed gentleman and as I write this I know that it might get me into trouble… 

We are all guilty!  We call our selves a progressive nation with the ability to morph ourselves towards a better tomorrow…  Well let’s just honor these words shall we “the ability to morph ourselves” for short term goals…  As a nation I was pondering a few things and I realized that this crisis of the flooding was inevitable…  From 1947 we have been fire fighting with our self created internal demons….  We never have had a minute to breathe (just like a 8 month pregnant mother with one sprog already suckling at the chest)…  there is always something that we have to urgently resolve and never have we actually as a nation sat down and thought about the future…

Tomorrow it will be another day that we will celebrate our independence but from what?  Our women are slaves to their husbands our children to us and we to a failed state of affairs created by us our selves…  Slavery or entrapment is not a physical state of mind – Henrie Charriere (Papillon)  was held captive for many years but he was never trapped. Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and he too was in the state of mind to never allow himself to sink.
If we have to fix Pakistan then whether we like it or not     we have to stop focusing on petty issues and start taking responsibility in educating the girl child…  just as in the lion king there is a circle of life also in life there is one – a boy can grow up to do hard labor and survive after having had fun as a kid but a girlchild in Pakistan never sees her teenage years riught from being a child she is thrown violently into womanhood and misses out one the essential process of evolving as human being mentally.  We need to educate the girl child so that when she becomes a mother eventually she will be able to carry the respect down further through the generations.

With this education we will bring down poverty / alleviate virtually most plagues and diseases and gain a level of self respect as a nation.  All our patriotic songs are about being SONS of the soil and we love to boast as muslims (moderate or conservative) that heaven lies beneath the feet of a mother – yet we don’t practice the same with our sisters or wives…  If we as a nation have the guts to go fight about petty issues that in the end lead to sectarian violence (social or religious) then we need to have the courage to say sorry and try to make things right…  The girl child is beautiful thing and if you can ever look up from the text you are reading at a traffic light into the eyes when she has a squeejee and a bottle of dirty water you will see that there is still light in those eyes…   Now just imagine its dark and she is running pillar to post to break free of these bonds of slavery…

Pakistan was carved out on August 14th 1947 but till today it has always never been freed from the social chains of slavery…  This  14th August try to do your bit by respecting the ones who have no choice in respecting you! 

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