How I Met Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Dec05

How I Met Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

I never knew Nelson Mandela. Not personally though. All I knew was one, he was famous; two, he was the ex-president of South Africa; three, he worked hard for “something” and four, he was in a wheelchair due to “something”. Then last year out of the blue, Nelson Mandela died on December, 5th. I wasn’t shocked, nor saddened. How could I feel for someone I knew very less of? The social media was flooded that day with mourners across the globe, posting their condolences online, putting up covers of his pictures. I wondered how much they knew of the man. Did they talk about him often? Was he a friend? A role-model? Were they following up on his health? Were they praying in his last moments? I’d like to see one who did. So, still not knowing what to feel (and I still wonder if it’s necessary to actually feel something), I fired up my laptop and googled him. Trying to avoid the long, cumbersome text on Wikipedia, I came across his timeline just published by DAWN (thank heavens!). Year by year they stated Mandela’s activities from birth till death. Mandela turned out to be quite a man. He was a hero, known to many as Madiba, his Xhosa clan name. Nelson was the name given to him by his teacher at age 7. He had worked hard for the black community in South Africa, spoke against the Apartheid laws and had spent most of his time in jail. The longest being twenty-seven years in prison at which time his followers cried out to the government and it was a cry the authorities eventually bowed down to. Madiba was successful in all his efforts for the people and such racist laws were abolished once and for all. He was elected president in 1994, of course. I read through the whole article and all that came to my mind was as to how one man can go through so many hardships for the sake of the people. He was a hero among heroes. He had a voice and he made it his point in life to make himself heard. Throughout his imprisonment, he had rejected at least three conditional offers of release.[1] He was the right man at the right place at the right time. You might find it funny if I told you that I went about, “I could’ve worked to abolish Apartheid laws. Mandela you beat me to it.” However reality must be faced, that was a lot of jail time for me. So what happened next to him? He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He...

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Father of the Nation; Quaid-e-Azam
Sep11

Father of the Nation; Quaid-e-Azam

“Quaid.e.Azam”; History says, that He was leader with true leadership qualities. He perceived, he thought, he planned, he struggled and he achieved, but that achievement wasn’t a trivial one, his thoughts weren’t dangling in the air, his plans were not controversies, his struggles weren’t fruitless. His ideas weren’t insubstantial rather they were concrete. His name is patterned in the mind of every Pakistani; his efforts are highlighted by the historians. Quaid’s achievements are remarkable to just an extent that we find His photo engraved on the surface of every coin and we find his golden words written on the walls. According to a historian he is the founder of a country, but to a Pakistani he isn’t merely a founding father of this country rather he is a role model, a MAN with high consistency, a MAN holding concrete ideas, a MAN who focused to achieve a remarkable victory in the form of this country, and most importantly he was “A MAN OF VISION”. A man who perceived a gloomy future of Indian Muslims, and his conscience provoked him to work for them and ultimately he was successful in separating them from those who were secretly designing a death route for them. By taking a glance over his life history, we get to know about his endless achievements, and some questions related to his achievements also pop in our minds. At the top-notch level, one question that strikes our minds is that, did he create a scenario that ultimately brought this country into existence? Or, He merely molded the situations through his sharpness according to His will and demands? In both cases one really needs a sheer vision and consistency, and that man was undoubtedly keeping both, and He was truly filled with enthusiasm. He was the one who spent his half of life in abroad, and at times his personality  had a reflection of western culture also, and religious scholars kept on criticizing him by calling him a “secular”. But they should have kept one thing in mind before criticizing him that though he was embedded in western culture, but still his top priority was religion. All he wanted was a piece of land in which Muslims could practice their religion freely. He took an advantage of that modern education because by spending time in the country of British he was quite sure about the tricky nature of western people that’s why he stayed away from them in INDIA. He faced hardships, obstacles, failures, hitches and hurdles, but still he didn’t lose hope. In a nutshell his whole life is an inspiration for us. Though we still quote...

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A nation gets a leader it deserves
Aug14

A nation gets a leader it deserves

I was scanning the Sunday magazine of one of the leading news papers of Pakistan. In doing so my eyes fell on what I was looking for, one of the writer’s article whom I have a high regard for. As I was going through the article drinking in every word and with every remark new suspicions, new queries came to pass. It was all in relation to the hard sell that long march of Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadri created and the nation’s rejoinder. The concluding line of article was “A nation gets the leader it deserves”. This line was so potent that it stuck in my mind. If nations, not a crowd, comprehend this line, it elucidates their times of yore, present state of affairs and forthcoming times. If a nation needs to be reprimanded then this line is more than enough to wobble it to edifice. But this is not the case with Pakistani nation, words do not suffice them. To put in words of Talat Hussain “This nation likes to be fooled again, again and again” to learn life time lesson. It’s been 65 years since the creation of Pakistan. Had there been an era of so called leaders, in these years, when this nation not been double-crossed, swindled and deceived to the hilt. We have been mesmerized by the pied-pipers not once but on copious junctures. Do we earn all of this?? On frequent occurrences we have witnessed that an assortment of political parties raises the catchphrase of change, we pursue them without grasping where this path is leading us. Are we so frenzied and frantic for change or are we just a bunch of fool hardies awestruck by the pied-pipers?? Let’s travel through the pages of history to find the answer. When Zia-ul-Haq occupied the throne he aptly used the concept of Islamization to allure people. He exploited people in face of Islam, easily befooling them by manipulating things and then whatever were the consequences; they are not veiled from history, manipulated, yes! But not veiled. Then year after year, from martial law administrator to civilian Prime minister to the date, everyone trampled nation’s trust and hope and took away what little sanguinity was left with them. Under such consequences wherever ray of hope emerged in this pitch obscurity, people are blinded by its light and cling to it like a drowning man clutches at a straw. Even so at every stride I am trying to defend ourselves, but my conscience is pricking me and whispering perceptibly that “how long is it going to work, you have to face the music one day so, why not now?” In...

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