Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The following missive of a Pakistani homemaker of Indian-Kashmir origin appeared in a letter to Editor, The News, Tuesday, June 22, 2010:
Ms. Reshi, unwilling to remain a silent bystander when both her ailing parents needed her urgent presence with them in Kashmir, followed up her letter to editor with the following online petition to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan on behalf of the divided families of the two countries:
When Ms. Reshi sent me a copy of her petition, I was both pleasantly surprised and incredibly impressed that an ordinary Pakistani housewife had chosen this extraordinary path of activism while realizing fully well the tortuous ground realities between India and Pakistan. Instead of the usual influence peddling – which is the norm in Pakistani society – she had chosen to address the problem for the benefit of all peoples sharing in that similar predicament. When I initially reminded her of the lack of efficacy of any petition-writing, and especially of one addressed to Pakistan's Prime Minister by coldly suggesting:
“A problem that has lingered for sexagenarian years isn't going to be solved by petitions – and at this stage in Pakistan's dismemberment on the Grand Chessboard. Visiting India is the least of Pakistanis' problems today. A more daring petition-letter might be addressed to Obama instead of Gilani – for that would at least indicate that you know who is running Pakistan”,
Ms. Reshi immediately responded:
Despite cognitively knowing that no change may materialize by the mere petition-writing of the ordinary homemaker, Nazima Babar Reshi still went ahead with it! She took that plebeian's first incorrigible baby-step to stop being a silent spectator waiting for Allah, to stop being an idle bystander looking from the side with the oft recited proclamation 'what can I do!', and took a public position to boldly seek her problem resolution from the very mercurial rulers who whimsically decide the fate of nations! Viva Activism!
Appreciating this extraordinarily bold and rational step by an ordinary and traditional Pakistani homemaker, Project Humanbeingsfirst has decided to support her petition. One envisions for the peoples of the sub-continent – victims of divide et impera of yesteryear – the Milne Do:
Imagine if a million such ordinary peoples got out of their shells of apathy and began to take extraordinary public stances on their daily troubles, hopes, and aspirations!
Imagine that they not only rationally articulated the problem domain as Nazima Babar Reshi has done above, but also outlined sensible resolutions to those problems just as she has done?
Imagine that they followed up with the next baby-step of forming public-interest organizations capable of pushing those solution-spaces nationally and internationally?
Imagine that they purchased media time and brought their conversations to the forefront of public discussions?
Imagine that they took the next baby-step of mobilizing both peoples and financial resources to drive the issues to the point that the politicians who turn on a dime could not ignore them?
Imagine that they learned to harness the same courts used by the state-actors for legalizing their oppression of the peoples?
Even the all powerful history's actors – expert at pitting nations against nations and peoples against peoples in world wars by diabolically sewing Machiavellianly constructed revolutionary times with fabricated enemies, artificial threats, contrived dangers, and of course the shock and awe visitations by both the emperor's pirates and his imperial storm-troopers as the Hegelian pretexts for justifying Global Governance in baby-steps designed to culminate in a one-World Government – surely could not withstand such a determined onslaught by a million resolute homemakers in the United States of America!
And ten million homemakers worldwide getting out of their kitchens of apathy and onto the trail of activism, well, might just change the world!
Source URL: http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2010/07/viva-activism-onthe-grand-chessboard.html
Link fix November 16, 2016
Viva Activism: One people divided by an imaginary line on the Grand Chessboard