August 22, 2010

I just emerged on the other side of an incredibly intense political debate, not quite bloodied, but most definitely bruised. If you're wondering, I think neither party emerged a winner. Frankly, we're all losers in this particular discussion: how the fuck did the motherland manage to get to this point, and where do we go from here. The truth is, we're fast coming to the conclusion that there IS no answer. That this latest disaster is just too-damn-big for us to even comprehend entirely. Frankly the worst is yet to come once the water recedes leaving behind disease and desperation. As the gap between an the poor and marginalized and the elite widens exponentially rising food prices and inevitable food shortages will spark riots and mayhem amongst the starving. Those of us who 'have' will - justifiably perhaps - become victim to the 'have-nots'. It's not just a difficult time, we anticipate, but an impossible one. And a room full of people who have - in some capacity or another - embraced the mandate to 'develop' the motherland looked at each other after hours of discussion with helplessness. Because despite everything we realize that there's very little we can do except watch, and wait, and hope that it won't be as bad as we think it will.

Pakistan is drowning. And there's nothing we can think of that can keep the country afloat. There is no positivity left in us, just a quiet desperation as we watch people fighting for food, for medicine, for the right to survive.

12 comments:

Deepak Iyer said...

Things somehow keep working their way, which is as bas as it is good.

P.S. Quiet/quite.

Xeb said...

I suppose so.

P.S. Bas/Bad.

Roshni said...

Tragic... I cant remember the last time Pakistan was actually stable..the last time everything was actually good for the godforsaken country.... -sigh-....

Xeb said...

It 'has' been a very-very long time since things looked good for us. Frankly most of us had gotten used to living in fairly dismal situations. But there is dismal, and then there is disastrous and I think we're not squarely placed in the latter. :(

Deepak Iyer said...

Goddammit. I blame the iPhone! :)

P.S. There is mistake and there is typo [:P] So can I please have my moral upper hand back?

Anonymous said...

It is truly sad that the money from the public coffers which would be best spent on development efforts and disasters on a rainy day is spent on everything besides. I do hope that God smiles down on the country in this holy month.

Xeb said...

D: It is makes you happy, take it! :P

Anon: We all hope. But frankly, it seems like even God is a sick of us aaj kal.

Anonymous said...

The other day I was watching a few videos about the flood in Pakistan and the comments of the YT users left me disgusted and in a state of shock. People were actually making fun of the affected people. Others thought they deserved it for fighting the war on terror. Some more people thought we deserved it for "exporting terrorists". I thought this world and the humanity must be screwed up for thinking on these lines about a humanitarian issue. Felt really down until I went to a flood relief fund collection counter and saw school children coming forward and donating from their pocket money. Rs. 2 or Rs. 3 or Rs. 50. That helped restore my faith in people. I think there are 2 ways of facing a challenge: whining and complaining, OR doing your share towards helping the affected people. I would choose the second one any day. There are many credible institutions and individuals who need our support on continual basis. Not once, not twice, but on an ongoing basis. Helping them is the least we can do.

Another thing would be to raise awareness about the issue through our friends, colleagues and family members within and outside Pakistan.

Yet another thing would be to donate our time and knowledge to the organizations in need.

Xeb said...

Anon: You misundertand. We're ALREADY working with the affected. All of us in this room last night have donated our time, our money and our efforts towards relief work and are gearing up (with our respective organizations) for rehabilitation that follows. What terrifies us is that its just not enough. Which doesn't mean we'll stop doing (it's what we do for a living, development work) just that no matter what we do (personally and professionally) it just may not be enough.

It's a depressing boat to be in.

lubz said...

Things always look dismal before they get resolved; think happy thoughts and do your best, thats all that can be done. To be able to do just enough, is never possible in situations like this... but that's just it, you keep trying nonetheless.

Lonely Perverted Soul said...

I agree wid u..

Anonymous said...

Felt so good to see Imran Khan's fund raising telethon and the one at HUM TV. Small, well-planned & organized steps can help us overcome the current challenge inshallah. Keep doing whatever you are doing to help the affected people. My prayers and best wishes are with all of you.