Saturday, March 28, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Lately I came across a BYE BYE BUSH adv Campaign by a Singaporean Wax Salon, its name is STRIP. What I like about the campaign, it is the best one can take advantage of current affairs with a play on words in an ad campaign such as;
Bye Bye Bush
Boy Are We Glad to See Bush Go
No More Bush
Life Will be Better Without Bush
Nadeem Paracha in today’s Dawn refers to anti Chavez campaign orchestrated by media, he writes “In a terrific new documentary called “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” director Kim Bartley convincingly pushes forward the idea that the right-wing coup that toppled Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez in 2002, was propagated by a string of private television channels that are owned by the country’s elite
If one looks at the background of PML N, JI, Imran Khan and middle class of Punjab ‘the GT Road mindset’, all are conservative. They are the ones always danced on the tunes of Military, welcomed the dictators and responsible for the mess that was created during 80s.
It has hardly been one year, liberal PPP government is so fragile, under pressure and blamed for all the wrong. The GT Road conservative mindset, still believes in old tactics, same were used in 88 and in 90s. It seems, we have not learned any lessons or Pakistan is all about the mandate of conservative middle class of Punjab. They support Taliban, they have problem with India, they think Baloch are traitors, they think they are the ones who love Pakistan. They are ones, have right to define what Pakistani interests are.
Same mindset supports Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden, rest of country wants to get rid of all that mess. Why whole country is the victim of the conservative mindset?
It is lament to see people calling the last week event, a triumph of freedom, age of free media, I would say they must watch the documentary “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, I am not equating Zardari with Chavez but that documentary raises a lot of questions for conservative middle class of Punjab.
If Conservative mandate of Punjab thinks that they have all the right to define the interests of Pakistan, they are mistaken; countries are strengthened by accepting the diversity and rights and mandate of all.
Majority party represents the aspiration of rest of the country, through the number of parliamentarians, if media and blocking the GT Road is the best way to topple the government then it is a mistake, such steps would be disastrous for the future of country.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
When I look at the anchors and their discussions, it seems they are forcing their or someone’s agenda on poor viewers, everyone is trying to sell their views, adding spice to make it more saleable. Everyone seems to be manufacturing consent as per their specifications.
On the one side, I feel, media sells anything which is in demand, I question, does sensational minute by minute news is in demand, that’s what general people want to see….may be…or select few big media houses are there to manufacture consent who so ever pays the highest bid.
At times I questions, freedom is good for democratic society and progress but that’s what freedom is all about, what we see in media.
May be immaturity and learning curve is going to lead to maturity, time will tell but at this sensitive juncture media should play a responsible role.
At least to me most of the media houses, except few, are acting like tabloids such as SUN Newspaper UK or FOX TV.
Idealism seems to be the baby of nationalists, chaos and uncertainties favors them to combat realists. Well, to me realists are the ones who think that Pakistan has to move forward with the world, get along with changing regional geo political dynamics. To be an active partner in war on terror, support NATO forces in Afghanistan, be friend with India, avoid any direct support to Taliban.
Well on the other side the Idealists, do not agree any kind of active support on war on terror, Indo-Afghan policies are also extreme, they believe on the capability of nuclear warheads the country possesses. These are joined by right wingers to retired armed personnel. Lawyers’ moment is just an issue used to pressurize the present day government, to destabilize so that greater regional agenda could not be implemented.
Such direct confrontation does not favor any; it is not at all a good omen to set scores on streets through chaos. Parliament is there, if any Tom Dick and Harry gather 100,000 protestors in Islamabad to topple government then I guess every month we may get to see such topples. I argue that let the democracy mature, let one party complete the tenure, so that evolution could take place.
Media also seems to be playing an immature role through constant sensationalized news, making people news hungry minute by minute.
We are at the juncture of history where we have to make tough decisions,
1) Should sustained democracy be allowed to function or destabilization measures are chosen.
2) Should the Afghan infiltration be stopped or still the wild quest of strategic depth be perused in the form of interference there, through Taliban.
3) Should we go with the world, align our goals with changing global political dynamics or we peruse our own agenda in the midst of global anger.
4) Should be proliferate the nuclear arsenals along with extremism or we become the ambassador of peace.
Future of Pakistan lies in the choices we make mainly pertaining to above questions.
Hope sanity prevails.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
During the discussion with friends I found there is so much distrust and enmity towards US because of the war on terror and constant drone attacks in Pakistan. Everyone was talking in terms of various conspiracy theories, discussing possibilities, guesses regarding US desires for the region. Few guys went to an extent saying the JEWISH lobby wants to wipe out Nuclear Muslim state. These thought are sold by media and conservative political parties in Pakistan. Even few shared the views that Capitalism is dying in the form of Fall of America.
I am glad at least in my circle I am able to make my friends to think rather than being engrossed with Anti US feelings. Once again I just want to let my friends revisit the words I have shared;
*US is a place that attracts the best of the best brain from across the globe, why?
*It is a place called land of opportunities for all, why?
*I met a Pakistani SVP at Bank of America head office.
*I saw a Jordanian chief economist in one of prestigious Deptt of Commerce.
*Every other person one interacts is an immigrant.
*Grass root freedom based on individual rights guaranteed by Bill of Rights is practiced in true spirit to unite the diverse country.
*It is the place for idea generation; best innovations come from US, why?
*We as Muslim society hardly innovate anything, just consume whatever other societies innovate for us, why?
*Muslim radical groups only have short sighted narrow view unlike US world view, why?
*Had world been lead by Saudi, what would have been the geo-political map, what would have happened to women, freedom & learning??
Fine, if US economy suffers deeper, i am sure they wont be looking for a Pakistani bail out package!
I may agree that US support to Israel, Palestinian conflict is there, war on terror and indiscriminate bombing is there but who can bridge the gap? Who can talk peace? Who can take initiatives? Who can remove distrust? Who can bring hope?
I am sure, it is the time, Muslim world should take the initiative, and a renewed dialogue is the need of the hour, as pointed out by President Obama.
Lastly I would share one thing, US society offers a lot, it is not perfect but one can learn.
Let me sum it up, one of my cool friend asked me to watch a movie ‘ Moulin Rouge’, to me few words from the movie defines US society……Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love…..truly Bohemian ‘ ideally speaking’
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Such brutal killing justified by religion is terrifying for women, unimaginable in modern world. People thought human race has emancipated from the brutal past or medieval age is over but I lament that parts of the world are still in dark ages. Female are looking for emancipation and freedom in male chauvinistic society.
Women are terrified, no rights, no legal protection…countries like Afghan, Saudi, and Rural Pakistan…….are the worst affected.
I have yet to come across any news that says, a man was brutalized for extra marital affair or faced the rage of honor killing. For once, I realized that it is nothing but men’s honor, the big EGO is behind such brutalities, because to them women is coveted deeply personal sex toy for only personal pleasure and controlled as per defined norms by society and religion.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Principal Matthew Hayes opened the visit with introductions and a warm welcome to Charlotte and Olympic. Curriculum coordinator and teacher Brett Haight then gave an overview of school design and curriculum.
A student panel made up of freshmen, seniors and one graduate talked about the school’s international focus, as well as their personal experiences. The panel was followed by a question-and-answer session. During that session, freshman Danielle Gray spoke in Chinese with representative Fuan Kong, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce. Chinese is one of three languages offered at the Global School.
Many issues were discussed during the question and answer period. At one point representative Imran Baloch, senior marketing officer for the Engro Polymer and Chemical Company of Pakistan, said all he knew about American schools was what was on TV: “violence, drugs and apathy of students.” He said when he got home, he would tell everyone he knew about the wonderful things happening in American schools and the efforts students were making to globalize their perspective and learning.
The School of International Studies and Global Economics was the only school the representatives visited during their time in the United States. The event was coordinated through The International House of Charlotte. The International House is an organization dedicated to bringing Charlotte and the world together. Its mission is to promote international understanding by serving as a center for diversity, advocating for people of diverse national backgrounds and facilitating professional and cultural programs.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I always had perception that French do not like anyone except themselves, they envy Britain; make fun of Italian and of course nothing positive about America.
I usually have interesting discussions in hot Jacuzzi in one of the leading hotels in Karachi, I love social interaction in the SPA, get to meet different people from various parts of the world.
Today I met one of the CEOs of a global hotel in Karachi, guy is from France, and initially he explained about hotel business in Pakistan then asked me about the industry I work for. Then discussion continued with US economy, all the way from housing crisis to stimulus package and forecasts.
I was surprised when French guy shared his perception of America, he told me that if America goes down, world will go down and US will not let anything go down it is simply because they have winning vigor. They make mistakes, learn and bounce back, they have capacity to shift the complete paradigm, it is one of the winning societies unlike economically conservative European and Japanese.
He further mentioned that US has capacity to shift paradigm, simply because they do not have any history, it has been over 100 to 200 years they have started moving up, they do not think about past or do not have historical complexes or mental blocks, whereas other societies such as Japanese and Europe has to face past.
French guys’ illustration was interesting, never thought or looked at it from such perspective; however, I have an idea that US is not a failure shy country.
Frankly, there are negative things about US but mostly positive aspects are so many that one tend to ignore negatives, at times I wonder if SAUDI had been the super power and shaping the global affair, Oh GOSH......i just can not imagine the plight of poor world.
What if Soviet had been running the show………US has made many mistakes, atrocities in Vietnam, Iraq and else are there but I am still glad that US is shaping the global history.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
After meal, light instrumental music was played; it was so familiar and captivating to my ears that I could not resist asking Michael about the music, he told me that it was Banjo. I was surprised ‘big time surprise’; I thought Banjo is a folk authentic Balochi musical instrument.