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Reality of Pakistan

Pakistan has a demonstrated capacity to work with the best in developed nations and contribute to a global economic ecosystem, in more remarkable ways than you perhaps can imagine.

This elegant video showcases it so well.

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Video Credits: Yum to Yikes

Coca Cola Investment in Pakistan

Coca Cola has announced an investment of 350 million USD in Pakistan. They will open new plants and will provide new employments.

Mr. Ishaq Dar has welcomed this move.

While I personally like Coke and it’s products that are far better than Pepsi. I am not in favor or this development.

Coke is all about water. They need new and cheap supplies of water for their products. This 350 million is a leak in our water systems as Coke will use all it’s plants to produce more for regional export than it will for domestic consumption.

Mr. Dar, please see ahead in the future and add clauses in the agreement that validate a strong control over the use of the nature and type of water Coke will utilize for its products and that should be set against a reasonable limit for export quantities.

I hope you don’t want Pakistan to dry up while Coke makes gains with a mere 350 million USD invested.

– MIR

Language Fervor

Recently with the promulgation of laws that dictate the use of Urdu as the constitutionally directed state language. Government has started a program targeting its implementation in a 15 year span. The supreme court penned the rulings and now the government has this challenge upon its head.

While its being discussed and most people are beginning to come to terms with this change over agenda. I am reviewing a few articles in the local and international press that highlight the degree to which this would not be a good move. Pointing to the consideration that Punjabi, Sindhi and other provincial languages have more of a majority than Urdu and thus it would not be a prudent move. Some even saying that English is an international medium of exchange and so it should be kept as is and this aspect should not be touched as its very complex.

I have a few thoughts to reflect upon.

While as a ‘language’ the various majority and minority differences can be brought up to make comparatives there are a few ground realities that need to be evaluated as well.

For one ‘script’. Urdu shares in the similarity of script used for all provincial languages, far more different from English. In similar ways as you will see many European languages use a script that is similar.

This fact in itself is worth pondering over for script enables connectivity of cultures.
Even though provincial languages are numerical majority, the fact that they are in place and at the same when they do speak other languages they all speak easily in Urdu shows very clearly how Urdu already serves the role it was set out to play when Quaid e Azam placed it in that role as a national representative.

The script with its regional history ties in all the rest of the provincial languages more so than English would be or should be able to achieve.
A fact that can certainly be seen clearly when you go to any of the provincial cities and find out that if in speaking with the common man there, you would not know the provincial language, you can always easily speak in Urdu – Not English.
This is true for Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Baluchistan both in Urban and Rural settings.
Variance will be present from place to place in the degree to which this can be seen but in a stark comparison to English this fact will certainly stand out loud and clear.

Another point I would like to make is with respect to comparative advantage.
While English has taken its role as an international language. Europe did not bag it’s regional languages. We see Dutch, German, French, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian etc… along with their dialectal variances still in use within these locals, all the while English ties them all together despite the fact that English has no majority in Dutch areas, as an example!

The need for a national language is paramount because nations are still a reality of today and will remain for a very very long time.

Pakistan needs to find a national identity that is not rooted into majority or minority but rather an inclusive balance of both.

Promulgating Urdu as the national language will certainly be very challenging and may take longer to realistically implement perhaps even over the next 30 years but doing so will create a far more inclusive approach for the provincial representations from urban and rural settings than English can ever achieve.

The script makes it easier to relate, and the already present alternative use across Pakistan in all ethnic divides is a basis for this ideal.

Pakistan needs a national consensus now to shape national unity and harmony.
Those who had migrated are simply asserting this need for the larger groups, nothing more.

We need a country that opens its doors to all that share the script. Advocating Urdu on a national level along side English, and advocating Provincial languages in representative provinces to ensure that similarity of the script creates a easier path for all to prosper.

English has the strength in itself to continue the international agenda. Those who will feel the need will continue to leverage its power regardless. Same as is the case all over Europe.

Urdu is central to a national unity platform that provides the similarity of script and it’s history as a basis for national cohesion.
That is very important. This is why the Quaid made this decision for Pakistan.

– MIR

Trade and Development -Netherlands

Trade minister of the Netherlands, talks on the imperative of trade with Pakistan.

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See video interview here

MIR

 

Mushtaq Chhapra’s vision and a great Socio-Commercial Enterprise

Visionary thinkers are rare…
They anticipate needs and markets way ahead of their time, and while this fact justifies upon commercial leaders its the same for social leaders and for all leading positions in life.
Vision drives true and lasting success.

It is imperative to note that the followup successes germinate and grow from the mind of a true visionary, without one, lasting and enduring successes are not possible.

The vision for a network of schools for the impoverished of Pakistan is not an easy one to pursue. As a country, Pakistan is riddled with a multitude of Socio-Economic and developmental challenges. It’s industry is non-innovative and traditional in its scope and nature. The systems of governmental support are undependable and private enterprise runs deep into its economic facets.

In the sheer absence of any significant, sustained and mature government supported welfare activity, private enterprise has been instrumental in building up and supporting the social out-casts.

A pioneering example of this endeavor is Abdul Sattar Edhi. A man who choose to beg for the creation of a visionary social welfare enterprise, that now formulates the core of social support infrastructures in the country all without international donor support and just from the kind pockets of willing Pakistani’s in and out of the country.
A self-sustained private enterprise that over shadows any in its league, across the world.

While Mr. Edhi focused on building emergency shelters, ambulances, morgues and orphanages to privately support the down trodden. Mr. Chhapra has instrumentally focused on the mechanism that produces a newer and better generation of this country, i.e. Quality education of the impoverished plenty. He mobilized his capacity to spread the reach of his foundation’s ( The Citizens Foundation ) borders to the country’s expatriate community and garnered their assistance in building now more than 900 schools across the county where the number continues to climb exponentially.

A pioneering feat of achievement with a structured model of commercial viability and sustainable development.
Each school supports the child with not just tuition but with uniforms and books along with a fleet of trained and experienced women teachers to prepare them for acceptance at the highest levels of educational excellence they should desire and aspire to.
To me that is massive.

It is also notable to see that Mr. Chhapra likes to stay away from the limelight, yet continue to drive a vision that is unrelenting in its collective effort with a continued and infective passion.

I hope and pray that many other pioneering and capable individuals in this country pursue a strong vision to realize true values that the people possess.
Nothing happens without a visionary and innovative mind.
Tradition always needs a new and revived sense of vigor to survive the test of time.

New visions and innovative ideas need to be supported by the economic elite to revive its past glory, that is what all developed nations have done. It’s the only way and the only truest formula to an enduring success, both for the self and for the collective.

© MIR

Political Chairs

Elections are done and over with in my part of the world – The bigger question we now contemplate is… the definition of fair play!!

I remember when as kids we played musical chairs there will be times when someone will simply throw you out of their way to get the chair and then keep ranting at the top of their voice that they are the ones to get it. They will throw wagging tongues at the poor kid on the ground and push forward to keep playing… going round and round and round.

Is life really like that in practice? Is winning the game of musical chairs the defining pillar of success and fortunes? Are we upon this earth to win – musical chairs !!

Well for all I have been seeing it seems that winning musical chairs is critical for success and one should push people out of their way to get the retched chair – just so they can rant and shout that they are the ones to get it, for when one does that as a toddler one ensures they remain one for ages to come.

We don’t really want to grow up, it seems.

© MIR