Business as usual

Yes, the stock market took a nose dive.
Yes, the FDI’s are probably still being pulled out of this country as I type this.
And yes, human rights are being scrambled.

But then why is it business as usual? Why the TV channels are getting on with the program (pun definitely intended)? Why are the people shopping till they are dropping?

What gives?

What’s missing in the equation? Before and after emergency, nothing seems to have changed (this is, of course, from a ‘typical’ person’s point of view! For people attending protests and people who are in jails and people whose loved ones are ‘missing’, they are not ‘typical’ in this case!)

Of course, a lot has changed. But a lot keeps changing. What’s so different about this one? Or rather, how can we make it as productive, and as beneficial as possible?


5 Comments so far

  1. JayJay (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 4:57 am

    Life goes on. Nothing changes, when it comes to the daily life of the man in the street.

  2. Fauzan (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 9:31 am

    I agree with JayJay’s POV… for a common man (who is not protesting or has not been directly effected), life goes as usual… unless the prices for everyday commodities hike up even more, or he/she loses a job, has an argument with his wife blah blah (no none of that has happened to me as yet! :P )!

  3. khan (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    Please list your top 10 thugs of pakistan “leader without whom pakistan will be a better place” 1 being the worst n so on

    MY list

    1.Maulana Fazlur rehman (most shameless n corrupt,military backed no real support)
    2.Altaf Hussain (terrorist,Murderer)
    3. Imran Khan (hypocrite,self obsessed)
    4.Qazi Hussain (Phony, uses islam for self benefits,hypocrite)
    5.Musharraf (SOB, power hungry,dictator,liar,self obsessed)
    6.Benazir bhutto (corrupt,corrupt,crook,cannot be trusted,husband is a murderer,cannot be related to common pakistanis)
    7.Chaudhry shujjat/pervez elahi (corrupt,suckers,lotas,illiterate,dirty politics)
    8.Sheikh rasheed (useless,illiterate,lair,lota)
    9.All the other maulvis (use islam for self benefits,lairs,fraud,illiterate,no real knowledge of islam, have nothing better to do)
    10.Nawaz sharif (dictator like,abajee influence, bank loans, but has the best stand right now)

  4. KAMI (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    Stock market dived and came back. Ironically due to the rumour that Mush was under house arrest.
    Since then its doing ok despite the pressure world wide on stock markets due rising oil and gold prices.

    So why shouldn’t life go on as usual? Why should the people suffer and for whom?
    This means that people have work to do and something to look up to. For a common man going to a court and getting robbed is a very real scenario, so why will he support thieves?
    Public support myths are falling like domino’s, people are calm and relaxed while the politicians are desperate and uneasy – that’s a refreshing change.

    This emergency is unique in a way that all schools, colleges, universities, factories and work places are open. Not a single person is dead, no bullets have been fired. Obviously, people have got better things to do than protest on behalf of the looters. However, how people vote in lections could be a different story.

  5. zs (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 3:25 am

    Things are also “normal” in Burma, in North Korea, in Iraq, in Africa. People are resilient, they need to feed their kids, and they can only withstand a hightened state of anxiety for a while before they bury their heads in the sand and pretend everything is “normal”. Actually, for Pakistan, the last week has been anyhting but normal… protests all over the country, led not by mullas but by progressive and secular elements of society. Not only all over Pakistan, but Pakistanis and non-Pakistanis the world over, are voicing their discontent with the present situation in Pakistan… and doing this in SPITE of the draconion measures in place to quell any discontent. This has never happened before and it’s a pure manifestation of just how tired everyone is of Musharraf and his one-man rule. This is not the way any society with aspirations for progress can work. One person cannot have unchecked and unending power, and the majority of the people understand that, no matter how poor or rich, mulla or secular.

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