Prisoner Sanaullah…err? Fumbled half of my group friends, the thickening folds on their foreheads with the slight doubtful nod, gave me the notion that not even one could relate to what I planned to discuss today.
None could even relate to the current heightened LOC (line of control) tensions let alone of any single prisoner suffering at the hand of Indian jailers where Aleem and Rashida, Qateel who were tortured and killed respectively and handed over to Pakistan back late in 2008, can certainly not go unnoticed.
Being of the opinion that every individual should and must keep an eye on the political uprising of the country, to me it came up as amazement when hardly any could even recollect the slightest fact regarding any of those.
Despondently this is the case with not just my group mates but the entire youth where we are to busy to prod over such issues.
One can out rightly claim that the perceiving dimensions of our children have changed, in terms of evaluating the political and social scenario of our country.
On the one hand when Pakistan stands contended of being home to largest number of youth, according to UNICEF estimated around 35% of the entire population, the youth in turn exhibit the least concerned what mishaps and killing their people go through across their border.
On the contrary we see eminent news paper highlighting Indian students protesting on the main stream. Recently flocked in large numbers the students expressing resentment on the rape of their female counterpart, preceding the protest held in Delhi where hundreds of them rose against the suicide bid of a private college student in Delhi and even are their young adults at par when expressing grieve concerns at their mate who recently got brutally hit by a javelin on his way to school.
Likewise, our problems are no different than ours, to what they come out for protests at, simply go unnoticed for us. Or many a times we express gloom with their immediate occurrence and the next moment we flip off our channel and continue with our left over serials.
The recent rape incidents, these killing in the name of honor-car accidents, teachers punishing their students to death and lot more are gaining grounds gradually. They can at no cost be ignored because we value lives not just of ours but even our non-Muslim brethrens. And one can’t hide or exempt himself/herself just because we are the ones not affected at the hand of evil mongers.
Lets not forget that lives are never to be weighed on the mere importance of financial status but lives are precious as even the Quran states: “if any one slew a person … it would be as if he slew the whole humanity: and if any one saved a person, it would be as if he saved the whole humanity”.
Epitomizing a human life is what Islam teaches us, irrespective of the individuals cast, creed color or even nationality.
Our society has been hijacked by several dimensions and prompt changes are to be implemented. We are to dig these heinous acts deep and butcher their roots. For they will keep on tarnishing our status our integrity. We the descendents of Muhammad (PBUH) –the noblest of all- have the uber responsibility on our shoulders to impart his message of kindness and humanism.
The act of rendering and bringing justice is no easy in a society. But we as the youth need to be aware of even the slightest mishap that occurs in our country. Let’s start with the area we live, the society we are a part of and then gradually getting bigger in dimensions at least catering the most immediate possible services to our society.
When we claim to be the game changers of our society we ought to look deep into every uprising issue of our country. When we claim to take in the powers residing at the hands of the status quo we are to assure our selves that we are aware of what goes in and our country. For who is being unjustly treated and who needs justice. Just expressing grieves concern with a slight nod, or engaging in fury discussion within our bedrooms are no potential measures.
Let’s step out, for”the actual life begins at the end of our comfort zones.
Media’s rapid outgrowth in today’s world outweighs that of any. It wouldn’t be wrong, I reckon, if we label it as a cultural canvas that has and is influencing our people. Invading a country in physical terms might not be that harmful as when minds are invaded mentally, for physical invasion after a certain period of time wipes of itself but when cloaks over shadow a psyche it nearly gets impossible to wipe the dirt off.
Our country is the one suffering these heinous invasions at the hands of our neighboring country. Of interest, it’s not just them but our gate keepers that assures a successful transaction of their culture into our homes and their to our minds. The cultural invasion of India in soaring heights in our very own country. Ranging from the product placement to TV serials to reality shows to animated cartoons. The idea behind these varied genres of programs makes one watch if not all then any one of it, there by ensuring a wide audience range, in a country where almost all age groups thrives and fetches onto a program somewhat different to that of theirs.
Indian media as we all know is to a great extent a living embodiment of their religious, cultural and spiritual rituals not even a single serial is shown without any of these. The cultural invasion, sadly, is met with great enthusiasm in Pakistan where they overshadow our advertisements by telecasting theirs. Such fierce is their cultural penetration into ours.
Pakistani culture never witnessed such an era where an entire family saw intimate scenes or obscenity with the rest of their family, even a girl without duppata was overlooked in search of other more appropriate channel, but now with their dense cultural invasion into ours actresses wearing sleeveless, tan tops minis are graciously welcomed in our society in an attempt to meet the requirements of modern era or else people are labeled as too backward.
As young minds are easy to transform and mould, they target our children with their young religious caricatures. Eg. Choota beam, Hanuman two eminent cartoons seen by nearly half of our country’s children- depicts the lives of their Gods sons where they are shown practicing their hindu rituals and attains spirituality and super powers. To one’s amusement the cartoons hold such a huge impact on our children that they are seen imitating the same rituals and meet each other with hands enjoined as a gesture of goodwill as seen in Hindu culture.
bollywood since as long as one can remember has over shadowed our industry. statement is clearly depicted by the fact when our people run to see their movies forming long queues despite of its inhumane content against our cultural norms and make sure he/she doesn’t miss it. The cultural invasion can be measured in terms of their events gradually becoming a part of ours like valentines, Halloween parties, holii (where colors are smashed onto one another) have become a part of our culture and is seen as a growing trend in large among our youth.
Their usages of slang words have even tarnished the politeness and simplicity of our language as one intently ought to speak theirs to compete with their peers.
Indian dramas with their growing profundity in Pakistan are seen eradicating our cultural norms and bringing on theirs. Ironically, compounding their efforts is our very own media strengthening their roots in ours by telecasting an abundant of their soaps nearly the entire week. Dramas such as achey lagtey hain, pariwaar, qubool hey,being at the top charts with favorable amount of viewers ship from our audience.
With every Indian serial come their never ending ritual, and sadly one witness’s sounds of Indian hymns reverberating into every house hold.
In our country where billboards once showcased Islamic verses, motivational sayings or our own celebrity’s endorsing brands have now been replaced by massive Indian celebrities manifesting products, advertisements.
On the contrary when one part of the subcontinent enthusiastically welcomes the content of their rivals, India on the other hand have implied strict rules regarding depiction of Pakistan content onto their TV channels. It was once in August 2009, Indian daily The Asian Age had reported that the Indian government banned Pakistani TV channels in India and it was also planning to establish high-frequency transmitters and towers in the bordering areas to stop transmission of Pakistani programs. Such is the case when it comes to broadcasting our dramas in their land. It is either we all have to stand or pass laws regarding the broadcast of there dramas or else this cultural invasion of theirs into our minds will result in a perpetual threat to our norms and values.
I scratch your back you scratch mine, a pretty organized game being played between the International Cricket council (ICC) and The Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) from the past 5-6 years. Ironically, the sweat of contenders is always soaked upon the Pakistani counterparts, who are caught and battered for no reason.