Category Archives: International Politics

An ever-exciting arena which always interests me

Just another flavor

Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, ……. and so many other states being readied for a new system of government by Western Powers which their people were earlier unaware of. Its known as ‘Democracy’. Many in Arab world are worried that a lot will change, well, here’s the good news. Nothing will. Faces will, but does it really matter who is ruling, oh sorry, serving. People are supposed to work, earn, pay taxes and rulers are supposed to rule, earn and spend taxes. This works equally well in both flavors of Governments, Democracy and Dictatorship.

For those in Arab world, who are unaware of it, here is a brief explanation and example to help them understand this concept.

Democracy is a system in which Government is [supposed to be] of the people, by the people and for the people. But if its not, it can be removed by power of elections to bring in another one which can also be removed and so on and so forth. Every Government gets their share of ‘serving’ the people and that’s what makes them go to their people. Its a pleasant and comforting sight looking at would-be rulers begging ferociously to their would-be subjects to allow them to rule over them, oh sorry again, serve them. This is something you don’t get to see in dictatorship and will make life more interesting and colorful.

Simply put, democracy for which Arab world is being prepared for is going to be an interesting experience but it wont be much different from dictatorship because Elected representatives becomes Rulers and Rulers rule!

Faces keep changing in democracy but people shouldn’t be worried because their dreams, desires and inspirations remain as such i.e. distant from their rulers who continue to serve in sacred institutions of Democracy.

An example to better explain democracy is that of President Bush of America who allegedly rigged two elections back to back, became president back to back, had his name in Annals of America’s history as their 43rd president and did what he personally thought was best and if the nation was ruined because of it, so what. If Iraq was tormented because of wrong judgment, so what. After all, To err is human and he is a human being. Nothing will happen to him after he had his 8 years and now he lives happily ever after.

To Arab world:

Democracy is coming. Just don’t worry about anything, it wont be any different. After all, its just another flavor of how rulers rule, oh sorry, ‘serve’ (what’s wrong with me!)

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Showing the ‘right’ side

A few months ago, a ‘research’ surfaced stating that Pakistanis search for pornographic material more than any other nation. It also quoted sources like stats by Google trends which authenticated this fact.

Some elements in our media were very quick to promote this and it got mixed reactions from people all over. What it really was? Well, like always it was one side of story. Yes, it might have been true and there is no point in defending even if it was a half truth. But the problem is that we always go for negativities about our country and our people. Even speaking on the same metrics, what people search from Pakistan on internet and using the same tools, one gets to see some pleasant pictures.

The word, ‘Allah’ and ‘Muhammad’ (PBUH) are also among those terms which are searched by Pakistanis more than any other nation.

Yes, we have our share of problems and we are not that good of a nation. We need to work hard on so many fronts. But being positive and optimistic about things is one thing that we need to do internally and ward off all such external forces which are always bent on showcasing a negative Pakistan.

Every country and every nation in the world have their share of ills and it is upto the people and also state of those nations to potray a balanced view and this is one fundamental aspect of marketing a nation.

We need to do the same. I guess its not very hard to do….