'After freedom' relations

Monday, September 26, 2011




The ‘after freedom’ position requires a nation to decide with utmost clarity what relations it intends to keep with other members of the world it dwells in, especially with its former masters, as any nation in the condition of slavery tends (and mostly ‘needs’) to adopt norms and customs, literature and the ways of thinking of their masters.

Freedom, once achieved, demands an outlook different from the previous, hence former influences can either be washed away, or (better still) molded so as the free nation can benefit the most out of them.

An question, however, is raised as to what status of relation does the independent state enjoys with the previous masters and based on what lines or factors any equal platform may be worked out for future.

After a state achieves freedom, establishing foundations of relations with the former masters on equal footing requires a development involving psyche of the people and their social canon, helped by the literary circles, historical identity, causes behind the freedom fight, and the course a nation intends on taking in the making of the future world.

Right answer with clarity of approach is needed to tackle such an issue so that the sentiments of the nation and the needs of the present day are met with equal benefit.

Civil Self-Defense

Thursday, September 22, 2011






In this world of missiles and other massive destruction arms, one may argue that there remains no need to train a common man for his self-defense, because it is virtually impossible for a man to combat against the possible destruction a missile brings.

But I would argue that such training can certainly decrease the losses of a community under attack. Also, two parties, possessing equally destructive weapons would want to avoid declaring wars on their borders, resulting in a battle that is entirely staged on roads and near civil localities, which we may term as terrorism.

Such circumstances put responsibility on the shoulders of civilians, because intrusion of army in civil localities may create more confusion and a sense of decreased civil liberty, further complicating the issue.

Hence, training residents of a locality so that they may help each other before, during or after an adversity can be of help.

Such training may start at school level, where basic rescue tactics, paramedical training, organized dispersal during an alarming situation may be demonstrated and explained. For this purpose Boys Scouts or Girls Guides sort of groups may be formed. Few volunteers, under the auspices of local police, may be trained in fighting if under attack by the terrorists (with proper records kept as to the identity of the volunteers being trained).

Such groups can not only help their fellow residents in a locality but can prove to be an aid to the police/rangers/army, so that they may divert their attention to more sensitive areas, leaving the less sensitive ones under the protection of the groups of civil self-defense.

On the road to Transformation

Monday, September 19, 2011




On the road to transformation…
Realization is the first step,
Raising voice is the second,
But there comes a point when mere blind-ended ‘discussions’ can lead a people to hopelessness,
Its now when we collectively need to take a step forward
The third step being that of ‘Action’;
For no caravan can reach its destination if it feels satisfied after taking only the first few steps!
‘Action’ with ‘discipline’ and a sense of ‘responsibility’ can turn a barren soil, with no prospect of bearing fruit, fertile. This fertility results only when labor is employed to till the soil properly, with every person using full potential of their position and role.

We need to adopt an analytical approach towards knowing what stage on the road to transformation we are at, both individually and socially, to secure what we dream to achieve.

Cinema of 'Universal Love'

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Love, with its universality, attired in simplicity can lead one to the highest points of Human capabilities and gives man a unique strength to fight against all odds, learning to sacrifice his desires for others …
This is something I learnt when I first got a chance to watch a Pakistani film.
For me, films are an attraction, not just for entertainment, but as a learning house too. A film can teach me something I missed out on books.
Pakistani films in their Classic Era have given us both, entertainment as well as awareness.
Higher human values, Love in its highest form residing in the heart of ordinary people and social norms based on love, equality and sacrifice thriving in a society were introduced to me by these films.
Making me conscious of my identity, these films boasted my morale, made me think high of myself, my nation and my cultural and religious distinctiveness; consequently acting as a social binding force and nurturing collective psyche of a nation with values of its past, problems of today, and prospects of tomorrow discussed in an easy-to-grasp way.
We need to get to that unconscious of the nation, learn from it and realize the nature of the tools which nourished it, before we may bring any reforms in our cine-world or society in general.