Reclaim PakistanJune 25, 2009
Since 13th May 2009 a Flag Movement was started by a group of professionals based in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The idea was simple that lets get unity in our people especially the urban dwellers. Why now? Because we need it now? We as a nation are faced with a dilemma of NOW or NEVER situation. So this group of which I am a part of initiated this movement. The group started by creating YOUNG PAKISTAN GROUP on the face book which has not stopped growing till today. The message of showing solidarity and unity with the country by displaying the National Flag on the vehicle was initially spread through friends and social circle and later through road shows to bring out the hidden patriotism. I am sharing one such experience here and what my observations are.
Most patriotic response was from simple people i.e. Cab drivers, people on cycles, on bikes, drivers, workers, shop keepers / employees. Most surprised response was from people of middle and upper middle class.
Although by enlarge there was a very positive response but in many instances people were surprised that what is the flag doing in our hands and how will it help them? Some even questioned that they don’t want to display it because of some ill that was done on part or watch of the flag bearers of the country. Some put up a fight of words and vented out their anger against what is wrong but gave up and eventually put the flag on their vehicles.
In my view to which some people might agree,we all live in our comfort zones. We like to crib and blame others for the situations that we are in. We don’t want to take responsibility. We want the job done by somebody for us.
Actually if you analyze us as a society we are by nature or development somewhat a cribbing in nature; so it has become a daily routine. We don’t want to be problem solvers; we like to be identifiers of problems and blame it on someone!
But at the heart of it all i think most of us Pakistanis have it buried somewhere down there. It needs to be dug out the feeling of ownership and realization that this PAKISTAN is ours.
Its like you live in a house and it catches fire you don’t start blaming who’s fault it is but you defend it and save it because it is yours. Similarly if your country is in trouble you have to do your part as a team player or its occupant with the feelings of ownership. It is not a favour to the country, it is a natural phenomenon and logical by all definitions that we have to take responsibility. We cannot shift the blame on any individual, party, government it is our collective responsibility.
So the silent and those who shy away from expressing and accepting Pakistan now need to wake up and make this nation independent by showing unity and respecting the flag. I think we can; provided the few who are awake join hands and wake others from this long sleep! Lets show our belief in the country and display the flag. It is a symbol of unity and we need to spread this symbolism.
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