‘We vs. They’ factor!

Think of it as a rhapsody, rhymed again and again, in corridors which matter most at the end. A good friend who runs the only active Art school in the city of 9 million inhabitants complains a lot about the depoliticized youth of our time. Lest I forget, let me mention that I only know of two squash courts, one cricket ground, one football field with proper sports facilities in the city. That too can only be accessed with some big pockets. And I hear parents complaining about immoral activities of their young kids, one-wheeling on dangerous roads, indulging in movies and video games.

After twenty four months of my stay in Lahore, I at last found a partner to play Chess with, but hold on, he’s 57. The going-out, hanging-out-with-friends culture is frowned at in the most of our society. What have we left for our generation growing up now? Petty things like show-off cell phones, sitting dumb at computer for 14 hours straight without any meaningful activity? Are we going to raise a nation worthy of mention with such a destructive environment? Even with such an abundance of youth in our population, we lag behind the nations like Japan whose average age per person is amongst the highest and in the end we have nothing but a dead disinterested youth. I always feel concerned for my younger teenage brother, but there are millions of them around, not knowing what to do and where to go. Just sending out a few hundred students out of country for Ph.D. scholarship doesn’t help, we gotta find a way out. With such a militarized country where your Army Chief wearing the title of President fires the Chief Justice on the account that he was probing into the mischievous workings of the its secret agency, says a lot what’s going to happen. Says a lot about our apolitical youth, and its I-give-it-a-damn attitude. Says a lot.

6 Comments so far

  1. babar (unregistered) on March 11th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

    If the 0.7 million figure was with reference to lahore, I would humbly point out that the population is 7 million.

  2. Entrepreneur ~ Yasir (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    My bad. Thanks for pointing out the mistake Babar. Actually, I checked today and the official number is 9 million now. Has been rectified.

  3. MB (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

    Its interesting that you guys have no post on the latest SUPREME COURT development while whole Karachi is fighting for it….

  4. Bulla (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    a very good read!

  5. asif (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 2:11 am

    MB: There’s a time and place for everything. This is a metroblog and it should have posts related to the city . If you just look at other metroblogging companion websites you would see that nobody except Karachi discusses political and judicial matters in their blogs.
    You guys should form a political forum separately from KMB.

  6. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 12:37 am

    Hmmm … but don’t you think so it’s a little bit under-estimation on part of our youth — the Pakistani youth I see today is not only thoughtful in positive way but are also progressive in positive way (yes you just cant completely kick out the i-damn-care kind) but at least positivity should be appreciated as well :>

    Rest, I quite agree with you and congrats on at last finding a chess player — I’m an avid chess lover but only by getting hints and tips from the chess master and even then I loose usually :|

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