14th August – what it means to you?

Another year, another Independence Day. I don’t know why but I feel that for the past few years in particular, 14th August has become more of a media event than people actually celebrating it. I don’t see many little kids decorating their house with Jhandiyan and National Flag. No special cooking at home and not even mandatory wearing green and congratulating friends and family on phone. Some of us just put a flag on their house (hence proved I am patriotic).

If you go out, there are more and more young kids every year, on motorbykes without silencers, making every effort to prove, in some people’s views, their chichora pana. You still find all those little kids, the beggars, gaari ke sheeshe saaf karne wale, the ones serving food in those little gareebo wale resturants and not to mention the Chotas working in workshops. What difference does 14th August each year brings in their lives? I see president and prime minsters dancing with a bunch of selected kids on TV, singing songs and talking about Pakistan. In my humble view it would be more useful if, for a change, we can visit a few jhughis and kacha makaans and sing National Anthem and dance with little kids I mentioned above. I know it won’t make much difference but atleast it would provide them clean clothes and a nice meal on 14th August.

Anyways, you tell me. How do you guys spend 14th August day? What 14th August means to you?

3 Comments so far

  1. Raza (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

    Well said Darwaish. Why don’t we see these politicians or other well-known figures going and spending at least 14th August with some poor kids, after all they are our own Pakistanis too.

    As for the young guys going out on their motor bikes, I was in Lahore for August 14 last year and that was the first time I had seen this sort of behaviour from any people on their independce day. I hadn’t spent 14th August in Pakistan for quite a few years before that. Every which way you looked there are young guys on bikes with their silencers out, trying to out do the next guy…why can’t we put that effort into something productive. I also heard that lots of young guys die every Aug 14, doing these stupid stunts on the roads…where does that leave 14th August for their families? When they are supposed to be celebrating their independence day, they hear the news that their son, brother, cousin….just died in a road accident!!

    When did this behaviour actually start…it wasn’t there in the 90s, as far as I remember.

  2. Munir Ahmad Tahir (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 12:25 am

    جشن آزادی مبارک

  3. A Senior Citizen (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 2:30 am

    We are a nation of impulsive and immature behaviours.We have reserved certain months for patriotism like August and September and for the rest of the year it’s the damn “Gormint(Government)” and chaos factor.I mean to say that do we need natural disasters like war and quakes to remind us that we are a nation?, and a considerable portion of the country is still lacking basic amneties of life.14th August in addition to a day of celebration should also be the day of analysis that where we are standing as compare to previous year.What are our achievements? where we are lacking? and what needs to be improved.Look at our cities.Do these reflect as the dwellings of followers of a religion which says that “cleanliness is half faith”.Do we have evolved or improved systems in accordance with the changing times and population?.Are we a vibrant, thriving welfare state or another example to prove the existence of God.Why we are lagging behind from being an Agrarian society to a modern efficient Industrial state.In the future there will be only two types of countries, the producers and the consumers(with all these WTO and GATT agreements being implemented).The consumers will always be at the mercy of producers in this knowledge driven world.So each Independence day should also serve as a wakeup call that there is still a lot of catching up to do and much to be achieved in this race for progress.The sooner we learn to act as a cohesive force the better and brighter our chances are in world arena.

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