It has been fascinating to see how the Social Media has been used this time for encouraging people not only to come out and vote, but even in a grander scale as a tool for Citizen Reporting.
Encouragement for voting through brands like Espresso, Ginsoy was made apparent through providing incentives.
But what has been even more interesting than this, was the way Entertainment Platforms, like Manhoos Billi, The Rants of a Pakistani Citizen, Comics by Arsalan, just to name a few! Below we present just a few examples.
From Manhoos Billi’s FB Page
From Green Meme’s FB Page
Comics by Arsalan
The Rant of a Pakistani Citizen
All of this has presented and wrapped a new demographic with the spirit and hype of the Elections, which honestly was seen more on Social Media than on the Streets this time, considering the apparent Security threats that were everywhere!
Social Media is indeed becoming a very powerful force in Pakistan!
Let me break the news people, although I have my doubts how many of you out there are actually reading it. But I have been selected as an MPA for Sindh Assembly for the Youth Parliament! And I have to tell you it was simply exciting.
I have always had an interest in Politics… I mean I come from a family in which for the longest of time we only had one picture in our house, and that too of Karl Marx. So I guess my political views are clear to you all now.
We went for the first ever session of the Youth Parliament completely unaware as to what was to be expected out of the whole program and what was to be expected out of us. Once there for the program on the 23rd of April 2011, due to began at 10:00 am and delayed for at least an hour, things started to look to me just as blurry as the state of our country at the moment.
The First Ever meeting of the Youth Parliament, Sindh Assembly
The itinerary for the day consisted of Elections, Oath taking ceremony, Cabinet Selection and Oath Taking and lunch! We had absolutely no idea about the elections or how the parties were to be formed, but it turned out that the campaign session for the election was in full swing all over Facebook to which I was completely oblivious. But i guess we are the youth who are all ready to bring a revolution about through the internet! Continue reading
There are certain perceptions that exist in the minds of people, and no matter what you do, their effect never dwindles until they take the form of “stereotypes”.
It is this kind of a perception that is also being associated with public universities. Therefore as a student of one such institution I feel it my duty to speak up in order to clear the general view.
I got this chance recently when around 25 students — myself included — were selected for a certain programme on whether the quality of education here was good enough to guarantee a nice job post graduation. The programme was also attended by a group of forced to tag along best friends who with the other curious audience members made up the “eager and determined youth” supposed to share their opinions on the topic of discussion. So began the recording but just a few minutes of hearing the exchange of comments left me shocked and appalled.
The reason for this was the mindset of our youth that was fast revealing itself in front of the cameras. There seemed to be a general trend of thinking that public universities were a lost cause with absolutely no hope, that the teachers there lacked interest in their respective subjects and that they pressurised the teachers into copy/pasting, also that the universities were failing to provide them with the resources while practical education was simply non-existent. In other words they were just seen as places where cheating was rampant besides the several other problems thought to be synonymous with public universities. Continue reading
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It has been strange for me even – who used to curse the Government and the system for one reason or the other almost every day – that I haven’t been able to write a hate/love, abusive post about Politics or its many different actors for that matter! But there is a reason for it. And its simple: I am bored of it. Shocked? You Shouldn’t be!
Any one who follows Pakistani Politics should know that no where else does the hypothesis “History repeats itself” is more apparent then here. Almost every month the same accusation, the same drama goes on to be repeated in the Capital as well as our media.Lets take it step by step then, shall we?
- Your ordinary week would start from a bomb blast. If more than 10 people died, it might get more importance, otherwise it would simply be a bottom line news.
- The governments negligence to stop these attacks is raised up by the likes of Kamran Khan.
- The negligence is then blamed on Zardari, resulting in
- A couple of know-it-all (read Imran Khan, Sheikh Rashid) sitting on every other talk show and saying that its all because of our lack of efforts to resolve the Swiss Cases,
- The Judiciary gets active and issues orders and takes suo moto notices,
- Tyres are burnt to vent out the combined frustrations of no electricity and Zardari as our President,
- Only to have the weekend over, and to forget all about it as the entire city turns towards the beaches,
- Only so that a couple of individuals can drown themselves so that we can once again start the vicious blame game!
Tell me then, that how much can one cry about the same repeated events again and again!
I try to restrict myself from giving these bold statements about anyone.. even if he is a politician.. Now I know that there would be angry heads every where going why target Nawaz Sharif and not Zardari aka the real root of all evil in this world for a lot of people. But here is something: HE HAS NOT BEEN THE PRIME MINISTER TWICE. NAWAZ SHARIF HAS BEEN .. so there fore I have every right to diss him for still not learning from his mistakes.
Nawaz Sharif- Leader of the Muslim League(N)
His “Rid the Punjab of illiteracy” Scheme has been going on for a very long time, and I can understand that it is a very hard job to attain. There are a lot of Political, Economic, Cultural Restrictions in his way, but a recent news item in the paper has changed my perspective about his many, many slogans that are simply void of any dedication.