All publications of Maheen Saleem . اسلام آباد , Pākistān
Is using foul language in our politics the right way to empower people to do good?
Humans have been evolving since this world came into being. We learned how to speak, eat, survive and procreate. One thing we still don't know how to do properly is speaking. We live in a country where more than half of the population gets swayed solely from the speeches our politicians give. Are our leaders paving the right path for their people?
One can safely say that politics is a cut throat business. many political families have given it their blood and tears. Literally and figuratively. Latest trend we see these days among this disjointed political family is the use of coarse language. Portraying the image of a righteous man while undermining the other in brutal ways. Not even stopping to think when talking about someone's daughter or wife (the only thing you pride yourself for). Not realizing the evils that come from your mouths gives a free license to everyone to do the same on a daily basis.
Our 'Leaders' have lost the meaning of governing a country. It's all just an ugly fight for the throne. One party fighting it's way to the top to just sit in all it's glory. The real reason of why and what your country needs from you is all blurred. We live in a country where half of the population is uneducated. They believe in what they hear and see. They learn from what is presented in front of them. And the only image in front of them is the image our leaders are putting up. A couple of gangsters and thugs who can say whatever they want. Regardless it being so explicit and immoral. That's what this country is learning. That it's okay to be like this. It's okay to be the person who can do whatever they want cause there are no consequences. Our crime rate is sky rocketing as we speak. And all this just adds fuel to the fire.
Nothing good can come out of this if they don't back away and evaluate themselves. Evaluate on the people they have become. Instead of this sick image, they should think about what they are putting out there for their people. Not only their words are damaging this country but we are also a laughing stock for the whole world to see.
Was Pakistan Ready For Controversial Shows To Be Streamed On Public Media?
The easy answer is 'no' here but one does wonder why. Where half of our youth is streaming everything from Netflix these days, ranging from Money Heist to Fifty Shades of Grey. How does a Pakistani show causes so much hate?
Churails premiered on the internet in August and shook all the desi men and women. Men (of course) started using this as a devil's card where the religion and a 'Man's World' was in danger. Some women followed suite and said the same thing. Some were pretty happy because of the topics that were raised.
Many things mentioned in the series were all Taboo topics of Pakistan's society. Things we hide and sweep under the rug. From rape to domestic violence. From affairs to homosexual relations. All these things exist in our society but we don't talk about it or face it ever. These topics are considered haram and moving forward we teach the same to our kids. Yes somethings are very graphic for a person and disgusting to look at like a wife chopping off her husband's leg and making nihari. Yes that is gruesome. Or showing the prostitute underground setup in the elite societies. But how is that any different from the shows you watch on Netflix?
Shows on Netflix and streaming websites are all either too graphic or need a PG 18 rating cause of all the nudity and coarse language yet every one is fine with watching that and letting your kids watch it. The problem here is, we don't like things that point out our flaws. We don't like topics or discussions where our society is stripped away from it's covers. Yes churails is rated PG 18 but everything said and shown is the ugly image of our society which we try to hide. The show got produced by an Indian company cause of this very reason. The government would have never allowed it on television and they also banned it from the internet briefly. There are many things that shouldn't be in the hands of the young minds in our country but it is.
All in all the series showcased a lot of out taboo topics and shed a light to women and their daily problems in the society. Watch it or not, one cant hide from the evils of the society we live in. Maybe one day our country will talk about all these problems and challenges and try to find solutions more openly. Only then we can digest a show like that in our midst.
Is the Government playing it's part in controlling the second wave?
In the light of recent events happening all across Pakistan, one can't help but wonder if the government is being smart in keeping the people safe. And another question arises if the people are being smart.
For the past month we have been looking at our tv screens with a new political gathering happening in some new city everyday. Thousands of people gather in support of their political party. Whether it's PDM or PTI. Some people show up for a chance of change. Some show up for one glance at their political hero. And then there are some who just come for fun. Debatable.
In the times of Covid, one can never be too careful. It's hard to believe that this thought didn't occur to our governing bodies. On one hand they are implementing new laws and rules to discourage public gatherings. On the other hand they ask people to come at their political affairs. One can't help but wonder if they have the best interest for their people. Politics should be at one side and the well being of the nation the other. These 'Jalsay' can be done online or on any social media platform. These 'Inappropriate chants' by our politicians can be held off for some time or find a different medium to convey them.
Risking lives of the people is no joking matter. If our government is being this careless on a wider platform, the nation will only follow suit. It's better if the people understand this themselves and try to avoid any such gathering. Stay safe and keep others safe!
The new World we live in. Corona impacting our daily lives
All over the world the only pressing problem we have is this pandemic. Corona. Covid has not only made all of us stay in our caves to quarantine but has also brought the whole world on the same page. Third world countries or the super powers in the world; We face the same pandemic for which we have yet to find a cure.
As people say 'The New Norm'. The new normal where we stand 6 feet away from our loved ones. The new normal where we wear a mask when we go out. The new normal where instead of going to a public gathering, we stay indoors to watch a movie. The new normal where we over-use hand sanitizers till we can feel the flesh in our hands. But it is what it is. We not only have to accept all these changes but have to find a way to survive and thrive with this virus.
But a vast majority of the world's population have yet to accept all these changes in their lives. Maybe they have a hard time accepting it. Maybe they are not educated with the current situations. Maybe and simply they just don't care. Because of these people we see a rise in numbers each day. The second wave is upon us because the first wave was taken lightly. The governments of many countries are facing different issues regarding the virus so it's our duty as a human to take care of others while taking care of yourself.
It's not a secret that the pandemic has taken a toll on everyone. Whether it be financial struggles or your mental health. Staying at home from work or school sounded amazing the first month of the pandemic but soon the excitement wore off. The joy of sleeping in was shortly turned into laziness. The happiness of not engaging with annoying relatives soon turned into you missing all the cheesy get togethers.
Life is funny that way. It made us stop and look at our lives. It made us realize what we had was good and wholesome. It made us feel grateful for all the things that made us sad and frustrated. It shined a light on all the things we had good and how we pray for all of that to be back. But as the saying goes 'Hope makes the world go round'. We are all in this together. We'll overcome this.
Another day; Another Disgusting act ...
Here we go again. We don't learn. We just keep stooping lower. Usman Gohar of Faisal Bank was caught on camera groping a female coworker. Surprised? I know you're not.
The woman minding her own business was attacked by this man. For what? For feeding his disgusting habit? To make himself feel better? At what cost? He lost his job. The woman is humiliated beyond words. The bank loses it's reputation. And of course women every where think a million times about their well being before heading out to work.
Imagine living in her shoes for a little while. She woke up that day feeling good about herself and her job. She may be feeling confident and optimistic about her day. She dresses up and heads to work. She starts her day like any other day. Minding her own business, she is called by her superior officer for some work. She's standing there thinking about what obstacle she will overcome today when the man grabs her from behind shattering whatever she was feeling or thinking that day. She knew she became a victim right there. She started to blame herself because what else is a woman taught to do. She feels alone and she feels scared. She doesn't react knowing she is surrounded mostly by men. Sad day for us!
Workplace harassment is quite common in Pakistan despite the government introducing the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010, with the aim to "create a safe working environment for women, which is free from harassment, abuse and intimidation to facilitate their right to work with dignity".
It's befitting that the man was arrested and was terminated but this should not have happened in the first place because once again every women in the country fears for her safety.