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I am posting another passage from Dostoevsky, one that explains or describes the feeling many of us often feel. Passionate love for humanity, and yet at times indifference for man. How we often dream of serving and benefiting humanity, and yet are unable to translate that passion when we deal with individual humans. This passage, my friends, is a self-castigation exercise. I want you all to give it a read. I really feel that Dostoevsky speaks to us all. Ingratitude is probably what drives people away from each the most. Not everybody wants materialistic returns. Some honestly, just want to be loved back in return.
‘In active love? There’s another question and such a question! You see, I so love humanity that — would you believe it? — I often dream of forsaking all that I have, leaving Lise, and becoming a sister of mercy. I close my eyes and think and dream, and at that moment I feel full of strength to overcome all obstacles. No wounds, no festering sores could at that moment frighten me. I would bind them up and wash them with my own hands. I would nurse the afflicted. I would be ready to kiss such wounds.’
‘It is much, and well that your mind is full of such dreams and not others. Yes. But could I endure such a life for long?’ the lady went on fervently, almost frantically. ‘That’s the chief question — that’s my most agonising question. I shut my eyes and ask myself, ‘Would you persevere long on that path? And if the patient whose wounds you are washing did not meet you with gratitude, but worried you with his whims, without valuing or remarking your charitable services, began abusing you and rudely commanding you, and complaining to the superior authorities of you (which often happens when people are in great suffering) — what then? Would you persevere in your love, or not?’ And do you know, I came with horror to the conclusion that, if anything could dissipate my love to humanity, it would be ingratitude. In short, I am a hired servant, I expect my payment at once — that is, praise, and the repayment of love with love. Otherwise I am incapable of loving anyone.’’
She was in a very paroxysm of self-castigation, and, concluding, she looked with defiant resolution at the elder. ‘It’s just the same story as a doctor once told me,’ observed the elder. ‘He was a man getting on in years, and undoubtedly clever. He spoke as frankly as you, though in jest, in bitter jest. ‘I love humanity,’ he said, ‘but I wonder at myself. The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular. In my dreams,’ he said, ‘I have often come to making enthusiastic schemes for the service of humanity, and perhaps I might actually have faced crucifixion if it had been suddenly necessary; and yet I am incapable of living in the same room with anyone for two days together, as I know by experience. As soon as anyone is near me, his personality disturbs my self-complacency and restricts my freedom. In twenty-four hours I begin to hate the best of men: one because he’s too long over his dinner; another because he has a cold and keeps on blowing his nose. I become hostile to people the moment they come close to me. But it has always happened that the more I detest men individually the more ardent becomes my love for humanity.’
‘But what’s to be done? What can one do in such a case? Must one despair?
The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Here’s what I replied to a post by The Book Club of Karachi on Facebook, “The most inspirational sentence you read in 2013?”
I could choose once sentence from this passage maybe, but this whole passage is too brilliant to ignore. This stunned me probably like nothing else this year. A wonderful book and a wonderful writer, from which I hope to share more passages in the coming days.
‘Ofcourse, when Alyosha was in the monastery he believed entirely in miracles, but I dont think miracles ever confound a realist. Nor is it miracles that bring a realist to religion. If he is an unbeliever, a true realist will always find the strength & ability not to believe in a miracle, and if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact, he will rather disbelieve his own senses than accept that fact. Or he may concede the fact and explain it away as a natural phenomenon until then unknown. In a realist, it is not miracles that generate faith, but faith that generates miracles. Once a realist becomes a believer, however, his very realism will make him accept the existence of miracles. The apostle Thomas said he would not believe until he saw, and when he saw, he said: ”My Lord and my God!”. Was it a miracle that made him believe? Most likely not. He believed only because he wanted to believe, and possibly he already believed in the secret recesses of his being.’
Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov.
I sincerely hope that all those who dream of military revolutions and military rule put an end to their delusional image of military forces. I mean, if not now, what is it going to take for people to realize, that this takeover of cities by military power is not the answer ? I mean, heck, an unarmed cab driver was shot to death like a dog right in the middle of Gulistan-e-Jauhar Karachi. How close do you want them to come ? How close ?
We have the Police, that are trained to handle issues in the city. However inept they may be, however corrupt they may be, no matter how much we pillory them, please do not forget that they are the only forces that are trained to deal with civilians. Their whole hierarchy, training programs and the way command flows is modelled to make them capable of handling problems of the city, caused by citizens. This is THE reason why you generally employ Police in the cities and your armed forces / Rangers / FC Corps on the borders or on strategic missions. What muddled policymakers allow uncivlized, armed and schizophrenic madmen to take over the security matters of a city ? Does no one truly understand how dangerous military presence is in the cities ? Their minds and bodies, their stimulus is not trained to react or process civilian problems. This is not the first case that has happened in a city. Military forces, and specially Pakistan Rangers are notorious for their brutal treatment of citizens. This is the 3rd major incident of civilian kills from the Rangers. A little while back, a young man was similarly killed in Shah Faisal Colony. And don’t forget the murder 2 years back of a suspected robber that was already caught and bound, in Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Park Clifton!
Mentally-ill armed security officers are dangerous for the city. They place citizens under further terror and I do not know how I would feel the next time a Ranger’s team stops me for checking. You, my friends should be terrified of the thought.
This should not end with the prosecution of responsible personnel that finished off the cab driver. This is not a problem of a specific individual. Surely after all these deaths, we should realise the malaise has penetrated far deeper? It is an event that was waiting to happen. Sooner or later, civilians were going to die at the hands of the Rangers. Unruly wild animals are tamed. You do not send stampeding elephants to crush them, killing anything and anyone in their path. And a city of Pakistan, for all practical purposes, is a fucking jungle. It is high time our politicians take a brave stand and withdraw the stationing of armed forces from the cities. Let’s not be confused into thinking the Rangers or other military forces are free from corruption. What difference in the end does it make if its Police or the Rangers? People are still getting killed aren’t they? Places are still getting bombed right? Rangers are stationed in my locality 24/7 and yet people are robbed, looted, abducted everyday. Land mafias keep gaining strength, and from time to time conduct high profile shootouts. Did anyone stop the violence? Not really!
Does the general public still not get it that they’re stationing serves no purpose in the cities? One way or the other, our police forces will have to be the ones to patrol the city. They are the ones that will need a proper cleansing and a comprehensive upheaval of their working systems, otherwise there is no hope for any of us. Someday it could be you, or your child, or someone you know. A lot of people roam around in Karachi. Too many.
Hollywood made a wonderful movie ‘The Siege’ starring Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington which highlighted most beautifully, the exact problem of imposing military rule in the cities. People in denial about the armed forces should watch the movie and the videos of civilian kills made by our Rangers. They should. This video should be engraved in their minds so they know what such ruthless killers are capable of and why they should never be allowed to roam in uniforms in the cities or get involved in political games. This recent killing is as damning an evidence of their ugly face as any.
You cannot solve a chronic disease by giving it a quick fix. I am not supporting our lackluster police here, but it is them that needs to be bettered. The general public is not less endangered with the presence of Rangers. Now with this event, it has been proved that perhaps, they are more endangered than before.
Pakistan and specially Karachi, can endure no more trial-and-errors. Since no parties have done good, lay faith in the military? I dont think so. There will be no answer or an end to this madness, unless we stop doing that. This country will either rise through these very political parties or it will keep meandering on, with our blood sucked out of every vein, till we can give no more.
There are many children who face the anguish of repression in childhood. Repression that damages them to some extent permanently. The problem seems to exist in Pakistan deeper than most countries. Perhaps this is how such a child thinks?
I sit here hurt, anguished and spent. Sometimes I just wish I had different parents. What’s
the point of being so knowledgable if you cannot keep ur child happy? My parents, drowned in fake pools of masochism. Unrelenting, spiteful and desperate to be in contol.
Hard to say. I am trapped in this circle of forced love, forced respect and forced obedience. Sick of trying to get them to understand who I am. I am rebellious. I am outspoken about my beleifs and ideas. What’s wrong with that?
All I wanted was a fair system. Isnt justice my right? Is it so big a crime that everytime I stand up, I’m struck on the head, and reminded that I feed off HIS balls?
What about values? Integrity? Do I have to kiss upto them for even that basic right? Does exercising your authority makes a man out of someone?
The saddest truth is – I dont respect them. And it will be a cold day in hell when I accept that I never wanted to. I did. So badly. They just never stopped the mental assault. Always the pure Islamic mind. Child MUST obey. Child MUST give in. They are indestructible, impregnable. Never wrong. Always the light of wisdom. We, are vermin. Born to have sand kicked in our face. As unimportant as bits of meat stuck in the teeth. As pale an existence as that of a phantom.
Dr. Nauman Shad had done a wonderful job expressing the doubts of people of Pakistan on the Malala incident. Extremely clinical and professional I’d say …
A work of genius by Ramish Safa. About Basheer, the person who just didn’t give a fuck!
In an intellectually redundant part of the world, was an irrelevant neighborhood, where once lived a man known as Basheer. Basheer was quiet, slow and honest. He never bothered the pesky little neighborhood children, nor the pesky little neighborhood men. He never bothered the pesky little neighborhood women either, or any woman for that matter, which is why the general opinion of Basheer was that of an effeminate. In short, he was peaceful, boring and harmless. What the people didn’t know was that Basheer was indifferent. Not the kind of indifferent you and I are towards a particular brand of toothpaste or a movie that’s playing at a local cinema or a parent perhaps. No. Basheer’s problem was worse, probably the worst the world had ever seen. He just didn’t care. He didn’t care if he had parents, or if his hair needed to be cut. He didn’t care about…
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NA 250. A hot national assembly seat; so declared before elections and even further so, after rigged elections. A constituency where stalwarts such as Khushbakht Shujaat, Naimatullah Khan and Arif Alvi were contesting.
Let’s cut to the chase. As most of you know, ECP had called for re-polling in 43 stations of NA 250 on the 19th of May. The polls were conducted and even after a low turnout, Arif Alvi has won the seat. For PTI fans, I suppose this is good news.
I stand against it. I can’t imagine why PTI supporters are pleased at this. From what` I understand from all of this is, they went on the roads asking for the main course, and they are settling for peanuts. I am not so sure a battle based on principles (at least that is what Arif Alvi and Ali Zaidi have reminded us again and again) can be settled for something so substantially less as a single constituency; a far cry from the re-elections demanded in all 20 constituencies of Karachi.
I fear PTI has took the bait. By accepting re-polls in NA 250, you have placed the quest for Karachi re-elections in jeopardy. We have seen how ECP has given scant attention to the demand for re-elections. Do you really think it is likely to give more favors after giving NA 250 a chance? Also, PTI is overestimating its supporters. For how long can their supporters maintain the same enthusiasm and fervour in continuing the re-elections demand in Karachi, when majority of their supporters have voted in NA 250?
Often, the success of a movement depends on the degree of agitation of the people. Till the mob is kept agitated, a movement will live. Grant it a little breathing space, a certain degree of relief, and it is very likely that the small dose of happiness will eradicate the very agitation that led Karachi to come out on the streets. Is PTI sure it can continue its quest for Karachi re-elections when it has already acheived a soul-satisfying victory in NA 250? That is the biggest challenge for PTI, and at such a crucial juncture, when things are in their favour, may be they should have avoided putting this theory to the test.
As it is now, MQM has boycotted the re-polls and already acheived moral high ground. What’s to stop history from recording NA 250 re-polls, if Karachi re-election movement fails, as a protest of the affluent? Does PTI think some months from now, MQM, ECP and the media will not remind them of the fact that the affluent society of Defence and Clifton settled down after getting their desired constituency? Does PTI think the relevant stakeholders will not degrade the Karachi re-elections movement from a matter of principle, to a matter of a single constituency?
Perhaps the coming days will tell better of how PTI’s stance changes. Perhaps the protests will still continue with the same force. Perhaps the ECP, MQM and the media will crucify PTI for choosing NA 250. Perhaps I will be wrong. I certainly hope so.
Contrary to popular belief, General Elections were held in Karachi too. Well, atleast one party says so. The others claim that elections were never held in Karachi. And by God, we the citizens of Karachi, bear witness to it.
The people of Karachi were misguided to think their vote actually meant something. They were misguided to think if they step out of their homes to do what they can for change, somebody is actually going to care. The state, the judiciary, the media, all seem impervious to the state of Karachi and the strong resentment that Karachiites are filled with, against the rigging.
Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the two large parties after MQM in Karachi, have taken the mantle for demanding re-elections in Karachi. And public sentiments are with them. Infact, perhaps that is the reason why no one is interested. Perhaps if a militia-backed party had violated Karachi streets in protests, the way they did on Election Day, Pakistan and its stakeholders would have been interested.
The bottom line is this : Karachi revolted. The vote bank of MQM is shifting. These elections were a chance for Karachi to let parties know they cannot terorrise and rule over them much longer. Their electoral revolt however, was cruelly stifled and killed. The powers in government / establishment it seems, don’t really care about Karachi. We have been handed back to the rule of tyranny. It seems Karachi has not shed enough tears, has not lost enough blood.
Even though Karachi contributes massively to Pakistan’s economy, and continues to display unflinching resilience in their daily lives, it seems the people of Karachi have been assigned to the dustbins of Pakistan’s national matters. Are just and fair elections really too much to ask? Is it too much to ask of the media to give fair coverage to the undeniable expression of truth on the streets of Karachi that the elections were massively and shamefully rigged, and that the current results DO NOT represent the mandate of the people?
A lot of pseudo-intellectuals have done nothing but expressed dissent over the protests, mocking it as unruly behaviour and a means to disturb the stability of Karachi. How stable exactly, is Karachi in its current state may I ask? How safe is it for a citizen to roam on the streets? How safe is it for someone to question illegal protection money, and the use of force to effect acquiescence?
Why does the protests of JI and PTI irk you so much? Which of their demands does not seem reasonable? Why has fighting for your rights become such a degradable concept? Did the people who mock us really think change would come without any agitation? Did you have in mind that people were going to smile and accept the absolute thuggery displayed on the polling stations? The whole city witnessed first hand the hi-jacking of polling stations, the by-force ballot paper stamping, the stamps without ID cards, the screening of pro-MQM voters and the theft of polling rights of the people who weren’t. What, did the people mocking the protests think no one is going to revolt?
Loopholes in ECP preparations were already made before elections. JI most of all, had repeatedly highlighted the pre-polls manipulation being orchestrated in Karachi. JI’s decision to boycott elections, questioned by many, has now proved right. MQM is pushing to grant re-elections only in NA 250, the seat where PTI made its stand by not boycotting. However, PTI stance has to be respected. These political games are new to them and Karachi is a deadly game. Keeping that in mind, PTI has responded admirably and courageously, led by Arif Alvi. He has emerged as a fine leader in the wake of Imran Khan’s injury. He has connected with the people and given Karachi a new voice. People may degrade this as a burger movement, but it is far from it. It seems people have wanted to stand against Muttehda’s domination for years and now they have got a voice they feel proudly affiliated with.
It is very disturbing to see that in crunch time, the very torchbearers of democracy and freedom are questioning Karachi’s right to exercise their freedom of choice. All those expressing dissent at Karachi protests, know that if we succeed, you will go down in the footnotes of history as people who indirectly backed oppression and the bullying of Karachi citizens.
Re-elections in Karachi are not important only for the number of seats to be gained. They are important because it is Karachi’s right to choose fairly. Even if MQM wins and they probably will, re-elections are called for in the belief that the results will show the true representation of the political parties involved.
Victories of nearly 200,000 votes affected through rigging are an effective method to stifle hope in Karachiites. Victory by small margins on the other hand, will give Karachi hope. And by God, if fair elections are held, Karachi will prove just how close they have come to ousting corrupt parties from power in Karachi.
The people of Karachi, quite frankly, are frustrated. They are tired. I was there at Shahra-e-Faisal, people are ready to stand for something. That is an acheivement. They are tired of being mugged, tired of being killed, tired of being held hostage to the whims of non-representative political clashes. Most importantly, people find it impossible to wait for another five years for justice. For if they back down now, who can guarantee the next General Elections will not be rigged?
Muttehda, through media statements in the last three days have shown Karachi how they have alienated the people of Karachi from rest of Pakistan. Terming the protests burger, and a clash of classes, is the rhetoric they have used to maintain the safety of its voters. These are bold statements, when you consider Sardar Nabeel Gabol’s transformation into Nabeel Gabol Bhai. Today, we are nothing. Just heartbroken citizens of Karachi. Our city remains hi-jacked.
This is a call from a wronged Karachiite. Keep the protests going! Day 4 – PTI and JI keep the anti-rigging protests ALIVE.