Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Never Give Up Hope

Everybody seems to be really ecstatic about Obama winning the election. The Kenyans went as far as declaring a nation-wide public holiday on account of him being the son of a Kenyan, though Obama is yet to proudly acknowledge his connection to his father. Heck, there were celebrations in Lyari even, I heard. I guess he played football with the locals there during his visit to Karachi in the 80s.

Someone shared on our university group a link to Obama's victory speech in Chicago:

If a black shiny boy from the south side of Chicago can do this, I hope we, in Pakistan, learn from the history and finally get rid of corrupt army and so called politicians. No matter where you stand this history in US and in Chicago, Grand Park is the place of history. For just to give a perspective, it is like a brilliant and intelligent middle class person from Lalo-Khait in Karachi or Mughalpura Lahore beat Banazir (Late) and Army at the same time.

My good friend AVS, posted this as a reply:

It's a huge achievement for Obama. Yet, a Harvard and Columbia alumnus, you can hardly compare him to anyone from the mentioned areas.

His race got the right to vote 188 Years after the independence of the country. 188 years of darkness. Against all the tyranny, oppression and cruelty, MLK Jr., Rosa Parks and others never gave up hope in their country. Nor did they leave the country they loved because it had no light ahead. They are the ones who made it possible. Had they given up hope in their country and made lives for themselves someplace else, Grand park would've been just another park in the city.

I hope I made the message clear enough.

God bless Pakistan.
I hope the message is clear enough.  Just thought I would share. 

6 comments:

  1. :)

    P.S. This is quite a forced one. :P

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  2. good one

    and we may not see anyone like Obama in Pakistan because upward social mobility is something we are not very good at.

    Anyone who can make the difference leaves the country because they can. While I do not blame anyone wanting to leave Pakistan, it leaves us with huge leadership deficit in every aspect of life.

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  3. @Tazeen: I couldn't agree with you more. Although, we need a lot of grass-root-level changes for this leadership deficit to fill up (which are not in sight at the moment), I still hope that it does.

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  4. As a nation we are dreamers,lots of Iqbal but no Jinnah!

    Thanks for sharring.

    May we get some statesmen someday who will guide this country by staying in the country!

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  5. We may get some statesmen...
    We need grass-root level changes...
    We may not see anyone like Obama in Pakistan...

    These are trademark Pakistani comments.

    We all either
    a) point fingers at OTHERS
    or
    b) pin our hopes at OTHERS

    We leave OURSELVES completely out of the equation. We love to be sitting on the fence, don't we.

    Indians carried out mass protests and lit thousands of candles for the Mumbai terror victims. That puts tons of pressure on those responsible for the country's peace and security. It shows they are together in testing times.

    Pakistanis have been terror victims at a much larger scale and yet no one has ever bothered to lit a single candle. We haven't responded in any way, ever.

    Why? Because WE LEAVE OURSELVES OUT OF THE EQUATION. We are a group of 164 million individuals.

    "As long as I am safe, I don't give a damn who gets blown up in what part of the land" is our general mindset.

    These could well be my blogposts that I always waste in comments on Jdee's posts [:P]

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  6. @Farhan: For next time, just email me the text and I'll put it up as a post. I'll also consider acknowledging you, of course. [;)]
    I agree with you that the general mindset with us is to sit on the fence, but how is that mindset gonna change if we don't point that as wrong? In my opinion, we need to do our individual bits, true, but we also need to help others by telling them that their apathetic behavior is pathetic, at best.

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