Are we Screwed yet?The scenario for Pakistan Post-Osama!

It’s been a lot over 12 days now since the death of the most wanted man in the world! I know that the world and blogosphere simply went nuts after his death, but I wanted to wait for a while before I can say anything on it. The reason for this was simply that I wanted the dust of conspiracies to settle down!

However, this settling of the dust should in no way be confused with the truth being out or something. This is simply due to the realization, that whether it was the real Osama or not, it only means one thing for Pakistan, which is

WE ARE SCREWED!

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Egypt – Is rejoicing really in order?

I had followed the events of the last one month with a keen interest – first the overthrow of Ben-Ali in Tunisia and then the “Egyptian Revolution”.

I remember reading a status on FB which read “what unfolds …is not just an egyptian revolution….but an Arabian one” and I really thought that this was to become a reality soon enough. And there were signs to believe this!

Protest started in Yemen, Algeria and Bahrian, while many others have been organized as people brace themselves to initiate the process of “change”.

Egyptian Revolution - Real Change or not?

I watched the speech of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and waited for news of his resignation to come – a deja vu of the time when President Musharraf announced his resignation in 2008.

What could only be labeled as bad advice by his ad visors, he refused to resign, only to stumble under the immense pressure that gathered after his speech, and finally giving in.

Reports came in of how people were relieved and celebrations were taking place in the Tahrir Square as people danced and celebrated freedom from a one man show of almost 30 years. Continue reading

The Spirit of Mine – A Story from 600m below Ground!

I had always had an interest in Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Disasters, for reasons I was too young to understand then. I – in fact – wanted to chase them for a living. It was later that I understood that what really attracted me towards all this was the human aspect which sort of triumphs the tragedy, the stories of encouragement and hope and inspiration that are always a by-product of such an event!

These stories came more alive and more apparent during the two months that the tragedy of the trapped miners continued, finally coming to an end a few hours ago. The stories that reached almost from the start, thanks to the media, were simply astonishing. And what we saw in the last 24 hours unraveling itself on our TV screens was even more so!

 

And it is finally over for them!

 

The media and the world is waiting for drama, for the men to go nuts, to scream and crumble to the scars of the tragedy. They are waiting for this tragedy to finally take its toll, for so far, we have only witnessed the positive side of a nation, whose credibility had much been shattered due to past Politico-social events!

But we keep forgetting that these men have probably always expected to be engulfed by their very own profession. That they had always at the back of their head might have envisioned their death to take place like this – trapped in the depth of the earth not knowing how to get out, helpless, and with no way out! They haven’t lived in the most ideal of economic circumstances, and I am sure that half of their lives they have felt the pangs of hunger. Continue reading

Bringing the Change through Sports!

I had planned to write this after the Beijing Olympics, but somehow just never got around to it. But the spirit of what we all got to see during the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, definitely compels me to finish this post now.

The impact of what Olympics and FIFA has done for Beijing and South Africa

Performance during the opening Ceremony of Beijing Olympics 2008

is magnanimous in proportion. Consider China. A country surrounded by years of propoganda against it, it needed only one chance to prove otherwise. And China not only took that chance, but ran with it without even stopping to catch it’s breath. From the Opening Ceremony, to the very last-minute, China kept on dazzling the world with all that it has achieved. It made sure that it reminded people of the contributions that it has made to change the shape of the world, and how it is still contributing – by adding new dimensions to what is humanely possible.

Spain Pavilion in the Shanghai Expo 2010

China then didn’t just stop there! After showing the world what it truly is, it went on to capture the imagination of people from around the globe with the Expo 2010 in Shanghai. China made sure that the world took the chance to see for themselves what China can offer to everyone! China has taken this opportunity to let people make up their own mind about this civilization!

The same chance was given by South Africa by being the host for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was the first time that such a prestigious event landed on the African Soil, and the entire continent has strived to make it known that they can to make it happen. The people worked hard to dismiss the image that they have been linked with, that of a country who is in the midst of racist conflict and on the verge of poverty. Security was one of the biggest concern, but Africa made sure that they take every advantage of this chance that has been given to them, and show the world that they too are capable!

FIFA 2010 South Africa

My father has always said that Football is the game of the poor. Give them one football and you have 22 smiling faces engrossed in a game that doesn’t require anything more.I like this thought. Africa, a poor country took this chance and they have changed the perception of the world forever. South Africa will no longer be thought of as a country where 160 murders happen a day, but would be remembered as a country with a great spirit. The spirit of this World Cup will stay with the world for a long time to come.

Images  from:

http://www.productwiki.com/2010-fifa-world-cup-south-africa/

http://en.beijing2008.cn/

http://en.expo2010.cn/

To Mr. Talat Hussain,

Dear Mr. Talat Hussain,

I am hearing you talk right now from the Islamabad Airport, you have just reached your home land, and you have became a hero for almost the entire nation. But I have many a complains against you and your TV Channel.

The way the tragedy was presented seemed like the Israeli had taken only you as hostage and the rest of the world didn’t exist, the funerals in Turkey were not at all even highlighted. If the aim of this mission was to get together the like-minded, Gaza-supporting nations, then why have they been completely ignored by your news channel.

Besides taking this entire event in isolation, they also seem to have overlooked any events that are taking place which are connected to it, like the sailing off of the Rachel Corrie, which has all of a sudden turned around. Did this event had no connection with what happened to Freedom Flotilla? Or are you really going to let the entire nation think that this was just a conspiracy to get you?

Also you mentioned that the Western response, especially the US response to the tragedy was unimpressive. Well maybe you are right but the wordings are changing, but over all the Western Coverage of the attack was much better and accurate and showed all angles of the tragedy, and the Western World did condemn it a lot. The protest and rally’s were a proof of that!

Well, hope you dare to do this again, it was refreshing to hear coverage of the event by one of our reporters, which is not usually the case.

Bye

A world full of deja vu’s

A day after facebook was back in my side of the world, I had put up my status saying

Lets see how many of the hypocrites out there actually leave facebook?

A teacher of mine had a wonderful thought to add to that. He commented

not only they arent going to leave, they’ve already started marketing all these pages because of which fb was banned in the first place. talk about deja vu…

I have come to conclude since then that this world is based on the very principle of deja vu, or maybe a better word for this explanation for this would be that we live in a world where everything repeats itself.

After this comment, I started thinking about how every year in Pakistan, we all feel a sense of deja vu when the same electricity shortages and load shedding happens, when the prices hike up during every Ramadan, the same situation on the streets of Karachi every time it rains, this entire country is based on this very experience.

What happened to Freedom Flotilla a few days back is also nothing short of a deja vu. Everytime something like this happens memories of all that had happened before rushes back. Even after this event, the deja vu happened of lastyear, when the Israeli forces killed hundreds of people in a 22 day war. Continue reading

Haiti in News

Watching Dr. Sanjay Gupta trying to take care of a 3 day old baby in Haiti and the baby wasn’t moving much so he was trying to make her well and cry. And it was at that very moment that I realized that at times in this world there is nothing beautiful than a baby crying. Hearing that baby cry somthing inside of me triggered as I realized that that baby is opening her eyes in the wake of a devastating tragedy that might take years to overcome.

That baby needs our help. We should do whatever we can to help them out right now. Please click any of the links below to find out whatever it is that you can do:-