You sit for an exam. Apparently, not well prepared. The allocated time is two hours. But you can’t finish by that time. Then you ask examiner for some more time. Okay, he says. But you are confused. You don’t know the answers to the problems on the question paper. You take three, and then four hours. You still can’t do it. You ask again, shamelessly, for more time. Now the authority realized you are not really going to be able to do anytime soon, something that you couldn’t do in double the allowed time. He says, pen down.
And you (yes, you again!) want to go take the exams, at the earliest possibility, without any preparation whatsoever. I don’t want to count on you this time, because I am convinced you are not worthy enough and you will fail again.
This constitution assembly failed not because the members were corrupt, of course they were corrupt, but more than that, because they were incompetent. Four years, billions, and hopes, wasted totally, and that’s an understatement, because in these four long years they have, by careless stunt or some devil’s design, enticed hatred among the beautiful amalgamation of people belonging to variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, who have lived not only peacefully, but in a meaningful synergy so far.
So it is imperative that these unworthy politicians take responsibility for the wasting our time, money and resources, and hence, give up politics. It was a collective failure, blatant unprofessionalism, but the problem looms around and even if these politicians are to go who is going to fill the void?
I see two options. One, existing political parties can exist, but their current leadership should step down and make their way to more versatile youngsters, who can plan, project, negotiate and work things out. It’d be humble for the old establishment to quit gracefully, but since it is unlikely, the young members of the parties, who have only followed the circulars so far, should realize its time for them to climb up the party hierarchy, and have their say, not just because their leaders have so far pimped their faiths and beliefs, but for the sake of country, because what they do or fail to do might be responsible for what our country becomes. Only if the parties can bring aggressive changes in their leadership and workforce, we can trust them again. My plea to young, aspiring and upset party cadres, time to rebellion.
The other option is unconventional, but obvious. Because, life’s getting more difficult, and even if we ignore the fundamentals like education, economy, health and development, we cannot turn a blind eye to worsening security and impending ethnic chaos. I might not care about outrageously long hours of load shedding or soaring gas price, but when it comes to safety of people I love and everybody, in general, living in this place, I cannot compromise. Then I think further, about years of stalled development, broken roads and economy, and every little problem we have. And it strikes to me, a thousand possibilities of how things can be done right and how easy it is going to be.
I am not the only one. We are many, who think this way, and wonder if there’s anything we could do, at personal level, to help. Because, just watching where our country’s heading, knowing it is not the right direction, and still doing nothing about it is somewhat humiliating. So we want to do something, and we are ready, but how to start? Maybe its like Rana regime all over again, when the educated few had to meet and decide the manner of their activism. Or, maybe its like Tharir square, only more planned and coordinated to sustain longer.
Something like that started already, common people took to streets to persuade the CA to draft constitution on time, but since that didn’t work, its time to improvise further, maybe a direct participation in the constitution making process. If that means politics and contesting in elections, so be it. Its not easy, for a common man, pursuing studies or career or making money for the family, to put aside his priorities and work actively for the country’s good. But now, that’s not an option. This reluctance, this apathy when we say it’s not my job, I’m not a politician- that gives the politicians vulgarity to do whatever they like. Maybe it’s not my job, but it is my country, and it is time we took some control, and responsibility. We can be the master of our own destiny, we don’t have to whine over what these politicians bring to us.
It is a difficult time. But it is also the time, when we can make a difference. Our country is at cross roads. We can take it to a better place.
By we, I mean, the suffering lot. Because we suffer and we still keep quiet, we suffer. We are those hard working office bureaucrats, frustrated by technical ignorance and administrative interference of politicians, we are teachers at schools and colleges where they don’t teach how to run a country, we are bugs of private business, praying the economy holds up, we are those police, army or PLA soldiers who think about the past war and their wounds and wonder what for, we are those media people and journalists, who realize there’s a huge difference they can make, but just don’t know yet how to, we are those writers who want to write on unity and patriotism and encourage people, we are those singers who want to sing about the country but haven’t yet found the lyrics. We are doctors, engineers, lawyers, pilots, uncomfortable with the working environment and skeptic about future. We are business people, insecure, worried about investments and robbed by extortions, we are housewives who can no longer match the monthly budget with sky rocketing market price, and we are farmers who with little rain and little hope work hard on whole life cycle of a crop, only to find out the import policy means these year’s sale wouldn’t even make up for the cost of seeds and fertilizers, and we are those thousands of young unemployed people, who find themselves wondering blankly at their future.
We are those students who study for exams in darkness, wondering if there’d ever be light.
We are everybody except for those who we sent to CA to write a document that could help us start developing. They couldn’t, so we should take the burden ourselves, there’s no point depending upon them, no point cheering them up, no point being manipulated to ethnic and cultural disharmony they hatched. We can start fresh, act independent and motivated by one good reason, called country.
So election should postpone at least, by a year, giving us ample time to prepare, both voters and candidates. We don’t want another election and then, another election after that. We want to send some competent people this time, who can, not only draft the promised constitution for us, but also devise a plan to take this nation to prosperity, make its citizens happy and satisfied.